How to Pack Light on a Road Trip

How to Pack Light | Moorefield, WV

When packing for a road trip, there’s a fine line between preparing and over-packing. Here are some helpful suggestions for how to pack light on your next excursion.

Check the weather

Consult the 10-day weather forecast for the regions you’ll be traveling through and in during your trip. This will help you narrow down which clothes to pack and which ones to leave in your closet.

Mix and match

Pack as few outfits as possible — and plan on doing a bit of laundry at some point during your stay. And pack clothing pieces that coordinate so you can mix and match them to change up your look.

Roll instead of fold

Folded clothes might fit well in your dresser at home, but for a suitcase, rolled clothes take up less room. Side bonus: Rolled clothes tend to wrinkle less during transportation than folded ones.

Items to leave at home

Maximize space when packing toiletries by leaving soap, shampoos, and conditioners at home when possible. Whether you’re staying at an Airbnb, a friend’s house, or a hotel, your place of lodging will likely supply these items.

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Truck Camping

Why go camping with just tents when you can go camping with your truck? When you have a Ram pickup truck, it’s easy to go truck camping.

Whether you’re checking out the sights of Big Ridge Campground or enjoying the water at Riverside Campground, you’ll want to take your truck along for the ride for these benefits:

Handling

Vehicles like the Ram 1500 will tackle tough road surfaces more easily than other vehicles. This means that you can pick those normally tough-to-get-to camping areas.

Truck bed

If you like sleeping under the stars, a Ram pickup’s spacious bed is perfect for laying down some sleeping bags and enjoying the outdoors. A 115-volt power outlet in the bed lets you plug in speakers, a TV for late-night camping movies, or a heated blanket.

Ample storage

You might need to pack a lot when you go camping — tents, coolers, sleeping bags, and more. A Ram pickup is perfect for storing all of your gear thanks to both bed storage and innovative interior storage.

Towing and payload

Every Ram pickup has the power to tow the camping gear you need. If you like fishing, no problem! The 2018 Ram 3500 can tow up to a whopping 31,120 pounds, which means you can take your boat along for the ride. If you prefer camping out of a trailer, it can also be towed easily.

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Clueless About Cold Weather Driving? Check out these Simple Winter Car Care Tips

Winter weather can create all sorts of problematic driving conditions. Between ice, snow, low visibility, and freezing temperatures, drivers have a lot to think about when on the road during the coldest part of the year. With these simple winter car care tips, though, there’s no reason you can’t drive with confidence all year long.

Wipers

Consider swapping out your car’s existing blades with special winter wiper blades and remember to use cold-weather washer fluid that won’t freeze up when the temperature drops outside.

Tires

Before driving in freezing conditions, check your car’s tires for good tread depth and proper inflation. You should also think about installing a dedicated set of winter tires that perform better than all-season tires when the roads get cold.

Antifreeze

Clean, flush out, and replenish antifreeze in your vehicle’s cooling system. This should be done routinely, but is particularly important in winter.

Wash and wax

Hit the car wash to keep your car in the best shape possible. While this may seem like a purely cosmetic concern, washing your vehicle and then applying a protective layer of wax is one of the best ways to protect your vehicle’s exterior from corrosive substances like salt, which is common on the road in winter.

Make sure your car is ready for winter by scheduling a maintenance check at Weimer Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Essential Items for Dorm Living

As the new school year begins, many students are preparing for dorm living. The transition into dorm life can be challenging, but being well prepared with the essentials will make it much easier.

Shower Caddy and Flip Flops

Showering in a shared space is a whole new experience. A shower caddy and waterproof flip-flops are two shower essentials. The former will make it easy to carry your things between your room and the bathroom. The latter will keep your feet clean and bacteria free in the shower.

Personal Items

The more you can customize your dorm room, the better you’ll feel living there. Bring your favorite sheets and comforter, a plant for your desk, posters of your favorite bands, or whatever makes you feel at home.

Snacks

A lot of College dining halls have limited hours. So, the more can prepare for those late study sessions, the better. Find your local, go-to grocery spot and keep your room stocked with snacks. Not only will this be convenient, but it will keep the late-night munchies at bay!

Storage Containers

Space will certainly be limited in your dorm, so it’s helpful to stay as organized as possible. Find out what you can about the space ahead of time and look for storage containers that can fit under the beds or stack neatly in a corner.

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Drive-In Theatre Tips

The drive-in movie theatre is a classic summer activity for families, dates, or a night out with friends. But, if you’ve never been before you might not know what to expect. Use these drive-in theatre tips to ensure the best experience during your visit.

Call Ahead for Details

Before you head to your local drive-in, it’s a good idea to call ahead to get the scoop. Most drive-ins only take cash at the concessions or at the gate, which will be good to know. Thinking of bringing your dog? You’ll want to ask about that, too, since pet regulations differ depending on the theatre.

Arrive Early

Like regular movie theatres, the seating at drive-in theatres is on a first-come, first-serve basis, only the seats are in or around your vehicle. Get to the theatre early to ensure a good spot for your car.

Bring Entertainment

If you’re arriving early as recommended, be sure to bring a few things to keep everyone occupied before the movie starts. This could be books, Frisbees, or other outdoor games.

Bring Outside Gear

It’s perfectly okay to sit in your car for the duration of the movie, and if your car is comfortable you may prefer it. It is nice, however, to bring other seating options as well, like lawn chairs. If you plan to bring outside seats, you’ll also want to bring a portable radio so that you can tune into the station that’s playing the sound for the movie, and you may also want some blankets or pillows for added comfort.

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