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Essentials for Your Next Family Road Trip

Essentials for Your Next Family Road Trip

Summertime means family vacations. To many families, vacations include long hours in the car on the way to and from their destinations. Family road trips are a great way to get closer to your loved ones while exploring new places. Making sure you’ve packed thoroughly can make your road trip experience even more enjoyable. Whether you’re headed to the Gulf Coast or the Grand Canyon, we’ve compiled a list of items you’ll need once you’ve hit the road.

1. Chargers. For everything.
Unless you’re doing things old school, you’re likely using a GPS on your smartphone or dashboard to navigate your trip. Be sure to have your charger (with a car adapter) handy when you’re battery starts to drain. Losing your sense of direction can easily create a stressful situation. 

Also include chargers for cameras, e-readers, tablets and any other electronics you’re planning to pack. If you need a device to constantly have power, pack a portable charger to ensure you’ll never suffer from low-battery panic.

2. Something to read
Books, e-readers and magazines are great boredom savers on long car rides. They’re entertaining ways to pass the time for both kids and adults. Grab a sci-fi novel to get lost in a different world, or pick up a non-fiction book to learn something new. Does reading in the car give you motion sickness? Consider downloading an audiobook to get all the content without the queasiness.

3. Your favorite snacks
Most people can agree that snacks are one of the most important components of a good road trip. Stop by your local grocery store before you head out to make sure everyone gets something they like. Packing a cooler with your favorite drinks and eats ensures no one will be left hangry. 

4. Wet wipes or paper towels
It’s no secret that kids can be messy, so having wipes at the ready will make it easy for you to clean them up. They’ll also save your car interior from sticky fingers.

5. Downloaded movies
If you have a tablet or a laptop, consider downloading a few movies to help pass the time. They’re sure to keep kids happy and entertained, and they can give you a break from the age-old, “Are we there yet?” question. Just be sure to remember headphones!

6. Blankets and pillows
Spending long hours in the car can get uncomfortable quickly. If you know you’ll be cold from the air conditioning, bring a blanket with you to keep cozy. Pillows are also essential for a mid-trip snooze or just to rest your head on during the drive.

7. Notebooks and colored pencils
A cheap and fun way to spend drive time, supplies like paper and colored pencils can easily cure kids’ boredom. They can doodle, play tic-tac-toe or practice their writing skills. Try limiting writing tools to colored pencils, though. Markers and pens can stain car interior, and crayons can melt in hot cars, leaving a mess.

Road trips can be a blast when you come prepared. You have the ability to create fond memories before you even reach your destination! Just remember the essentials, and you’ll be set for a drive to remember.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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