Your Pre-Road Trip Checklist

When’s the last time you had an oil change? Or the last time you put some fresh air in those car tires? Whether you’ll be on your own or with the family during your next adventure, playing it safe is your best bet.

Before you head out on your next road trip, be sure to check these items off your to-do list! And if you don’t already have them in tow, be sure to pack these 15 essential items to keep in your car. Safe travels!

A few weeks before you leave, make sure to:

  • Check your vehicle’s engine oil: pop the hood of the car and remove the engine oil dipstick, wipe it clean, reinsert it and verify the tank is full. If it’s low, be sure to top it up; if you’re due for a change, make sure you schedule servicing before you depart.
  • Double check the glove box to ensure your most recent registration and insurance are present. Also ensure your current driver’s license is packed and ready to go!
  • Check your tire pressure: first, check the decal on the inside of your glove box for the recommended tire pressure for your car. Using the pressure gauge, take a reading of your tires’ PSI. If it’s too low, take your car to a gas station where you can pump air into the tires.
  • Check the condition of your spare tire: often located beneath the trunk floor, examine the spare tire to ensure it’s still intact and fully inflated for use.
  • Check the dashboard for any flashing or illuminated symbols: are there any warning that signs that something is wrong with the battery, engine, coolant, or other parts of the car? If so, schedule an appointment with your mechanic as soon as possible. 

A week before your trip, be sure to:

  • Stock up on necessary supplies, including snacks (or have an idea of where you can get refreshments on the road), as well as necessary first aid, medical, and other road trip supplies.
  • Start planning your route, and gathering essential tools (think GPS, maps, lists of landmarks, and so on).
  • Check your vehicle’s air filter: does it need to be replaced? Pick up a new one and consult the vehicle owner’s manual for directions.
  • Fill the tank up with gas.

By now you should be confidant as you hit the open road!

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Al Fresco Dining in Louisville, KY.

Summer is still alive and well in Louisville, Kentucky. With sunny days and warm, comfortable temperatures, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the nightlife and culinary scene the city has to offer.

One of our favorite highlights of the city? The abundance of patios and outdoor dining options, of course! Here are some of our top picks.

The Garage Bar – East Market.

Found in Louisville’s East Market District, the Garage Bar is a hip bar and eatery located in – you guessed it – an old auto service garage. Here, diners enjoy wood-fired pizzas with a distinct Southern twist. With lots of outdoor dining space, beautiful patio lights, and a relaxed atmosphere, this is an all-time favorite!

Mellow Mushroom – Highlands.

Have a hankering for pizza? Satisfy it at the Mellow Mushroom, with a convenient location on Bardstown Road. Peruse the lengthy craft beer list and chow down on some of the city’s best pizza while you relax on the second floor patio. You won’t be disappointed!

Against the Grain – Downtown.

Known for its own beer made on site and its ever-popular smokehouse, Against the Grain is a favorite barbecue joint for many. Located in the heart of downtown Louisville, there’s no better place to people watch and take in the sights and sounds of the city. Sit back on the patio and enjoy a cold one!

Ramsi’s Cafe on the World – Highlands.

Looking for international cuisine? Ramsi’s Cafe is the place for you in Louisville. Enjoy everything from banh mi to fish tacos in this beautiful cafe that offers a stunning outdoor setting for diners to unwind and indulge. Diversity is the name of the game at Ramsi’s – evident in everything from atmosphere and decor to the items on the menu.

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub – Highlands.

Baxter Avenue is an Irish pub hot spot. Looking for a bird’s eye view of it all? Be sure to check out Molly Malone’s patio – an expansive outdoor dining area with an elevated position over the avenue. Enjoy classic Irish pub fare with a view!

Corbett’s – Healthcare Blvd.

Fine dining in an al fresco setting? Corbett’s has it all – from a stylishly appointed mansion and a gorgeous veranda, to elevated menu options, this really is the perfect restaurant for a summer evening date!

Al fresco dining is part of what makes the culinary scene in Louisville so exciting during the summer months. With unlimited options for patios and great city eateries, you won’t be disappointed. Looking for affordable Louisville accommodations? Check out our extended stay properties.