Car Service

A Vacation Travel Checklist

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At Larry’s Independent, we're pretty excited about this summer and people traveling to new places for the first time in two years. We hope you and your family are having a wonderful time this summer. If you’re planning on traveling, and it’s been a while, we wanted to offer up a vacation travel checklist of things to remember. If it’s been a long time since you took a break, it may be helpful to have a reminder.


Whether it’s a planned out trip or a spontaneous adventure, don’t forget to pack the essentials. We’ve created a checklist of items to pack for your trip:

  • Travel pillow: Road trips can be long and tiring. If you’re sharing the driving, pack a travel pillow to protect your neck in case it gets irritated and to help you sleep if you get tired along the way.

  • Music - A well-curated music program will do much to keep the peace in the car. Get everyone’s favorites in a set. Plan it well enough and you might even prompt a sing-a-long or two!

  • Water and snacks: You will get hungry along the way and it is important to stay hydrated. Snacks you purchase on the road are less healthy and much more expensive than the snacks you plan and bring!

  • Emergency toolkit - Accidents happen and you may experience car troubles. Having a plan for emergencies can be the difference between a minor detour and a ruined vacation. Make sure your spare is inflated, and your jack is where it should be.

In addition to planning for the road itself, don’t forget to plan for your home. If you’re spending more than a week away, having a neighbor look in on the house might be wise. Don’t forget to add things like lawn management (do you have sprinklers?), deliveries, and home security to your checklist.


In order to avoid any unwanted car troubles during your road trip, it is best to have your car serviced beforehand. Schedule an appointment with Larry’s Independent Service. You can click on this embedded link to schedule an appointment. Or feel free to call us at (949) 238-6633. We’re located at 25721 Taladro Circle Unit A, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, and we're open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.


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