First question for any road trip is does the car need any servicing?
Oil change? General services? Tire pressure check? The last thing I want is to have car
trouble for something that could have been avoided.
A few years ago we needed a new car, and the ‘must have’ was the ability for the car to fit 2 large folded dog crates in the trunk. My husband made a cardboard cut out of the crate and brought it with him to the dealers to determine what our options were. Prior to this, we drove to the beach with our 2 dogs for a long weekend in his truck that was beginning to have some issues. We wanted to be sure we could travel with the dogs comfortably so making sure we could fit what they needed was our priority. We found a car that worked for us, and it's made all the difference in taking long trips, with or without the dogs!
Some other considerations when driving include emergency items like flares, first aid kit, flashlight, & water.
And most importantly, don't forget the snacks, pillows/blankets, downloaded music or books to listen to (and headphones for those who prefer their own music). A little preparation goes a long way!