Recently, Josh and I headed to Primland in Southwest, Virginia for a weekend getaway. Even though our destination was only a 2.5 hour drive from our house, I still had to gather a few things to be prepared for our road trip. Being pregnant can make road trips a bit more complicated than normal. My feet tend to swell and I have to take bathroom breaks approximately every 20 minutes. Here are my three favorite must haves for taking a road trip while pregnant.
This is a given for road trips of any kind. I always pack a bag of snacks and drinks to take with us so we don’t have to stop every few hours to eat, plus I can select what food we have on hand (much healthier than convenience store food). Taking a road trip while pregnant is no different, I make sure that I take plenty of water as well as snacks so I don’t end up nauseous on the card ride.
This is a must for any road trip, especially when pregnant. The last thing you want is to be stranded on the side of the road because you forgot to fill up the tank. Be prepared: check your tire pressure, make sure your car’s fluids are topped off and the tank is full. Keeping a first aid kit on hand is always good as well for any road trip, and make sure it’s stocked with pregnancy safe remedies should you come down with a headache or nausea.
A Fun and Safe Vehicle
What road trip is complete with a fun (but safe) vehicle? Since it was just Josh and I on this road trip, we knew we wanted to test out the Mazda 3 for a few days. We had heard great things about Mazda vehicles but neither of us had driven one. We were both pleasantly surprised with the Mazda 3! It had plenty of room not only for both of us, but also for Levi if he had been on the trip with us. The cargo area was also perfect for our luggage the items that we brought home with us from our trip (with room to spare!).
The interior was beautiful, comfortable and you can tell they had YOU – the driver – in mind when it was designed. We spent a good amount of time driving mountain roads on our getaway and the Mazda 3 handled perfectly. It had plenty of power for highway driving, but also was very fuel efficient.
We had several people ask us about the vehicle when we stopped, and they commented on how sporty it looked. I agree! I love the sporty look of the Mazda 3, but also the fact that it is family friendly. It’s one of those vehicles that seamlessly transitions from a sporty weekend getaway vehicle to an everyday family friendly car. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, I highly recommend the Mazda 3!