HOUSEHOLD ITEMS USEFUL ON THE ROAD AS QUIRKY, LOW-COST AIDS FOR VACATIONERS
- Ordinary household items can be used in a variety of helpful ways on the road
- ravelers can take advantage of low-cost items like baking soda (to ward off interior odors) or dryer sheets (to keep bugs off the windshield) to make vacation time worry-free
CONTEXT / BACKGROUND:
Spring is here, and it’s time to start planning those vacations. Most travelers know to pack a flashlight, an extra blanket and a tire jack, but there are a few unusual items to throw in the trunk that might make life on the road a little easier. Ford compiled tips from a variety of sources, did a little searching, and it turns out there are a few quirky supplies that even the most seasoned traveler might not have considered.
Sometimes, even the most mundane household items can have multiple uses when it comes to life on the road. For instance:
Bothered by bugs? Going on a long trip and don’t want to face a windshield and/or bumper full of dead bugs by the time you arrive? Wipe down your windshield with a dryer sheet; supposedly, bugs won’t stick so bad. Also, give your bumpers a spritz with cooking spray. Nothing sticks when you spray – even bugs.
Sheets and mittens: If your trunk looks like a linen closet when you leave for vacation, then you’re prepared. Pack sheets – you can drape them over car seats that have become baking hot in the sun.
No more stink: So there was a smoker in your car and now the smell won’t leave? Fill the back cup holder halfway full of baking soda to absorb the odor. Might help if you’re chauffeuring stinky teenagers from gym practice, too.
Tennis, anyone? Slice open a tennis ball and use it to cover your trailer hitch when you’re not using it. It will protect it from scratches, and it will keep the moisture out, discouraging rust.
Take a tip from the pros: Driving off to your next hiking spot and troubled by sun glare? Take a tip from those baseball players who smear grease black under their eyes. Put a drop of baby oil on your fingers, dip it in (cooled) wood ashes, and swipe it under your eyes to help cut the glare.
Don’t scratch it; smear it: Can’t get that sticker from the amusement park or beach parking lot off your window? Saturate the sticker with cooking oil before you start scrubbing.
In the hot seat? Tired of waiting for your car seats to cool on a scorching hot day? Leave an open umbrella on the car seat while you’re out for the day.
“Sometimes, you can find help where you least expect it.”
Technical specialist, Ford Global Driver and Track Safety
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May 17, 2010