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With our guide to fun day trip destinations at your fingertips, all you need now is to pick one and get started. Here are some tips for making the most of your day:

1. Decide on a theme or goal for the trip. Are you looking for fun in the sun or would you rather step back in time? Would you like a close-up experience with wildlife or a day of shopping and self-care? Do you want a quiet escape or an energetic outing? All of these things influence what attractions and activities you’ll want to include at the location you choose.

2. Consider your budget. Determine in advance how much you want to spend for dining, admission fees, etc. and plan accordingly. Check for special days with reduced price or free admission or other discounts that might be available.

3. Know your limits. Don’t pack in too many activities in just because they’re offered. Focus on a few specific areas or attractions and get the most out of those. You can always plan another visit to see additional sites or catch what you missed.

4. Check the weather. Rain and hot Georgia sun should factor into your plans and your attire for the day. Although sometimes unpredictable, weather forecasts can help you decide whether your activities should be indoor or outdoor. Sometimes you’ll enjoy the benefit of fewer crowds if you don’t mind a few sprinkles and dress accordingly!

5. Make sure your vehicle is ready to go. Fuel up, check tire pressure, and have a flashlight and set of jumper cables in the trunk. Once upon a time, we’d suggest maps, but now we’ll just remind you to keep your phone charged.

6. Know what to pack. Remember your phone charger or remote battery pack and appropriate USB cable. Make sure to have some cash on hand. Pack sunscreen, insect repellant, and water no matter the weather or the destination. A blanket for picnics and towels to hit the beach or wipe off sandy feet are handy. Keeping a jacket and extra change of clothes and shoes in the car is never a bad idea.

7. Bring your camera. This too may be an outdated suggestion with today’s phone cameras, but for snapping nature shots or architectural details a real camera is best. Make sure your battery is charged and there’s plenty of room on your memory card.

8. Snacks are essential. No explanation is necessary, but a cooler pack might be if you’re bringing items that might melt or spoil if sitting in a warm car.

9. Be flexible. If things don’t go as planned, don’t let it ruin your trip. Pivot.

10. Take home memories. Focus on enjoying the experience.

Day Trip Tips originally posted on by Elegant Island Living magazine.

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