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7 Ways to Spend Your Staycation With Your Car

March 15, 2021

With winter chills giving way to the warmth of Spring, you may feel the familiarity of wanderlust creeping back again. International travel is still a dream for most but with just a car, you have access to plenty of unique experiences to make spring in 2021 a season you’ll never forget. These are some of our favorite car-related staycation activities to be enjoyed with family or friends.

1. Car Camping

If you’re after a bohemian adventure without having to fully commit to “van life”, you might consider spending the night in your car. Whether you want to sleep near a trailhead for an early start on a hike or even combine it with a mini-road trip, spending the night in your car should be a fun and comfortable experience.

One of the best things about car camping is the endless options of where to go. National parks, mist-shrouded forests, or stark desert plains – you’re free to camp wherever your four wheels can take you. That said, it’s still your responsibility to find out if you need a permit to camp in your desired location so you can avoid waking up in an impound yard. The National Park Service is available to answer any permit-related questions.

After you’ve got that squared away, your only limit is your imagination. Car camping combines other staycation activities on our list, and you can even turn it into a mini-road trip.

2. Catch Up On Simple Car Maintenance

If you haven’t guessed by now, we REALLY love cars. But even if you weren’t born with a socket wrench in your hand, it’s fairly easy to learn the basics. Learning about cars and how to do basic maintenance will open up a whole new world to you. You’ll save money by performing easy repairs yourself, and unlock the secret language that mechanics seem to speak.

With the internet at our fingertips, there is practically a universe of different ways to learn about cars. The trick is to find which one interests you:

In any case, you don’t need to have a deep understanding of how engines work to perform some basic maintenance like checking your oil or even swapping out an air filter.

But no matter how deep (or shallow) your mechanical knowledge is, we’ve got your back. Our technicians are always happy to answer questions about your car, show you what they’re doing, or take a weight off and do the job for you. We can break down any job into a language you understand so you’ll always know exactly what work we’re carrying out, as well as any preventative maintenance that needs to be done in the future to keep your car happy.

3. Car Wash With The Kids

Remember how excited and scared you were the first time your parents took you through a car wash? The suspense at wondering if the car would fill up with water, how you were going to defend yourself against the ever-growing bubble monster or if those cloth rollers would somehow tear the roof off like a tin can? And the best part is you’ll come out with a clean car.

If your children are terrified by the prospect of going through a car wash there’s also the option of doing it by hand. Kids love helping out and playing with splashing water so this is the perfect activity for them.  If you delegate them to pre-rinse duty with the hose, they will relish having so much waterpower at their command.

4. Local Scavenger Hunt With Friends Or Family

Scavenger hunts can be played a couple of different ways, depending on if you are playing as a family or with friends in different cars. The only thing you will need to prepare is a list of items to discover.

If playing together as a family, everyone will need to work together as a team to find as many items as possible before the time runs out. For an added challenge, each family member can guess how many items you’ll find, with the closest winning a prize. With the family working together to plot the fastest route and uncover items on the list, it adds another layer of gameplay.

Playing with friends can be more fun but also a lot more chaotic. Arrange to meet at a set location and separate into teams. Give each team a copy of the list of items and agree on a set time to return to the meeting place.

5. Playing Tourist In Your Own State

Some of the most memorable experiences can be had close to home, in your own backyard. The USA has thousands of interesting spots off the beaten track, and they’re all within driving distance.

LA residents have the opportunity to discover hidden stairways scattered throughout the city. Texas residents may opt to explore the Museum Of The Weird. Arizona locals may prefer to explore the world in their own backyard by visiting the Biosphere – a recreation of the earth’s various biodomes.

Wherever you live and whatever your interests are, you can find plenty of offbeat and unexplored curiosities close to home.

To find these, you will need to perform a bit of a deep dive on Google. Get creative and dig deeper than the predictable Tripadvisor suggestions. Google Maps is another reliable way to find spots you may have never considered. Additionally, visiting local tourist boards can uncover a treasure trove of locations and things you probably never knew existed.

6. Go Stargazing

If you prefer an immersive, relaxing experience, stargazing is hard to beat. The best thing about it is that anyone can enjoy it – all you need is a blanket to layout and a dark patch of sky. For the best night-time viewing experience, you will need to travel away from city lights to a place where there’s plenty of dark sky. Alternatively, anywhere with high altitude typically offers black-velvet nights and clear nights for primo stargazing.

No equipment is necessary, but for the optimum stargazing experience we recommend the following:

7. Give Your Car A Makeover

Nothing is quite as satisfying as a meticulously cleaned car. Learning how to clean and detail your car properly is something every car owner should try doing. Not only will you save some money, but you’ll thank yourself every time you hop in to drive your squeaky clean car. The interior and exterior can be tackled separately if you’re pressed for time or want to break up the tasks.

For the exterior:

For the interior:

All that’s left is to add an air freshener, enjoy your clean car, and share on social to inspire your friends to give their cars a spring clean, too!