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Road Trip Essentials

Published in the June 2022 Issue Published online: Jun 14, 2022 Discover Idaho Falls: Parks and Recreation, East Idaho Outdoors, Outdoors, Road Trips I.F. Magazine Staff
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Sporting the Essentials
IDAHO FALLS IS A CENTRAL HUB within East Idaho for recreational opportunities. As a central point of travel for those hoping to visit national parks, it is no surprise that the city is home to a host of sporting goods stores (a continually growing market, which Dick’s Sporting Goods will soon join when they open at the Grand Teton Mall). Here are some of our top spots to shop before hitting the road:

Al’s Sporting Goods
2395 E 17th St 435-210-5356 |

Bill’s Bike & Snow
930 Pier View Dr 208-522-3341 |

3693 S 25th E 208-932-2900 |

Idaho Mountain Training
474 Shoup Ave 208-523-6679

Sportsman’s Warehouse
2909 S 25th E 208-542-1900 |

The Bike Shop
910 E Lincoln Rd 208-881-9816 |

Camping with the Family
ROAD TRIPPING IN EAST IDAHO is a must with so many natural wonders surrounding our state from nearby Yellowstone National Park to the more distant Glacier National Park in Montana and Zion National Park in Utah. These four tips will help you get started on planning your family road trip.

1. Get everyone involved. Packing isn’t just a chore for adults. Getting the whole family involved can help children prepare, letting them know what to expect and giving everyone a little more control in what might be unknown territory.

2. Plan fun activities. This might seem like a given, but ignore the impulse to go with the wind when traveling with your family. Knowing what activities to expect can help generate excitement and prevent frustration. Just make sure to leave a little room for the unknown.

3. Prepare for things to go wrong. Bad weather, traffic, boredom—something is bound to go wrong at some point.

4. Pack smartly for the road. Purchase snacks kids love. Let them pack what they want to bring and then add some extra surprises to help the long drive ahead go by quickly (give those surprises out throughout the day for the best prevention of boredom).

Day Trip Essentials Checklist
• First Aid Kit
• Driver’s License
• Registration and Insurance
• Spare Tire
• Gas Can
• Jumper Cables
• Water Bottles
• Snacks
• Sunglasses
• Hat
• Toiletries
• Hand Sanitizer
• Tissues
• Wet Wipes
• Sunscreen
• Lotion

Find more information on day trips and other adventures in our region with the help of our newest guide, Explore East Idaho. Stop by 520 Park Ave today to purchase a copy.


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