Summer Road Trip Essentials: Packing Tips for Your Nissan Adventure

As the temperatures rise and the days get longer, you might be itching for a road trip. Whether you’re heading to the beach, the mountains, or just hitting the highway, there’s nothing like doing it in your Nissan!

To make your trip the best yet, we’ve put together some of our top tips on packing up your vehicle for a good time.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

Planning Your Nissan Adventure

You might think you’re ready to get going, it’s a good idea to stop and do a little planning before hopping in the car. Here are a few tips to ensure road trip success:

  • Check Your Tires. A flat tire is never convenient, but when you’re on a road trip, it can really wreck your plans. Before traveling, check your tires to make sure they’re in good shape and replace any with low tread. Low tread–anything under 2/32”–is unsafe to drive with and puts you at risk for a blowout. 
  • Check and Top Off Fluids As Needed. Pop the hood and take a look at your oil, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and antifreeze. You may even decide to get an oil change, where a professional can check and refill these fluids as necessary.
  • Get an Oil Change. Speaking of an oil change, if you’re due for one, you’ll definitely want to get one before taking off!
  • Change Your Windshield Wiper Blades. New wiper blades make a huge difference in your visibility on the road. If your current windshield wiper blades are more than a year old, it’s a good idea to replace them.
  • Brake Check. Properly working brakes are one of the keys to a safe vehicle. If it has been a while since your brakes were last inspected, let a professional take a look at them and make repairs before heading out on your road trip.

Comfort, Convenience, and Organizational Hacks

Now that your car is road trip-ready, it’s time to pack up! We recommend cleaning the inside of your vehicle so you’re starting with a clean slate. In addition to your luggage, here are some must-have items for any road trip:

  • Vehicle registration and insurance cards
  • Car chargers
  • Paper towels
  • Jumper cables
  • Small tool kit with wrench, pliers, WD-40, screwdriver, etc.
  • Spare tire (make sure it’s still in good shape!)
  • Flashlight
  • Spare car key
  • First aid kit
  • Weather-related items
  • Bottled water and snacks

One of the things that make Nissans so great for road-tripping is NissanConnect®, a technology suite with cutting-edge infotainment, communication, and navigation features. You’ll get turn-by-turn directions, view detailed traffic information, find the best restaurants and shops with the Places Directory, and more. If you’re in an EV model, you can even use the trip planner feature to find routes with charging stations.


The Best Nissan Road Trip Vehicles

If you’re not a Nissan driver yet, you might be wondering which model is best for road trips. Here are our top four suggestions:

  1. Nissan Pathfinder. This midsize crossover is designed for comfort and boasts room for eight. The leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, and adjustable seating ensure you and your passengers enjoy every ride. You’ll also have 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Need more room? The second and third rows fold down. When it comes to fuel economy, the Pathfinder gets approximately 25 MPG highway, which is impressive for a vehicle its size!
  2. Nissan Rogue. The Rogue is the best-selling SUV in the US, so it’s been on a road trip or two. It’s smaller than the Pathfinder, but still seats 5 and provides just over 36 cubic feet of cargo room. You’ll get 35 MPG highway, so gas station stops will be few and far between.
  3. Nissan Armada. If you’re looking for a full-size SUV, the Armada is the perfect choice. It boasts seating for up to eight, 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, and a host of comfort features. If you’re towing a camper or boat, the V8 engine and FWD capacity deliver up to 8,500 pounds of towing capacity. You can expect to get around 16 MPG highway.
  4. Nissan Leaf. The Leaf may be a compact car, but it seats up to five and provides 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space. But the real road trip appeal is in the range. You’ll get up to 215 miles per charge.


Visit Your Nissan Dealer in Orangeburg Before Your Next Road Trip!

At Nissan of Orangeburg, we’re here to help make every road trip memorable! Explore our new Nissan inventory to find your next ride. We also have a wide range of used vehicles from a variety of manufacturers.

When you find one you’re interested in, visit us for a test drive! Our friendly team is here to help you get into a new ride! 

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Now, the new Nissan Sentra is undeniably one of the most well-rounded compact cars out there today, but largely due to the generous range of six available trims. In fact, it comes well-equipped right from the get-go with standard features on the Nissan Sentra S like automatic emergency braking and striking silver interior trim.

Of course, if you're looking for a few extra interior luxuries, you can always spring for the Nissan Sentra SV with its leather-wrapped steering wheel or opt for the bold rear spoiler on the Nissan Sentra SR.

That being said, if you're seeking a Nissan Sentra with a little extra muscle to get you engaged on your day-to-day drives around St. George, you should definitely go for the Nissan Sentra SR Turbo with its lively 188-horsepower turbocharged engine. And if you're looking for that aggressive stylistic edge to match its performance, you can always go for the Nissan Sentra NISMO to get some head-turning red accents.

On the other side of things, if you're like many Gaston, SC drivers, you love a with lots of bells and whistles, and the new Nissan Sentra SL delivers on that quite nicely. From its moonroof to its charcoal leather upholstery and Bose® premium sound system, the Nissan Sentra SL exceeds all expectations of what a compact car can be.

So, if you're interested in getting a taste of the new Nissan Sentra firsthand, we'd love to aid you in that regard here at Nissan of Orangeburg. Drop by our showroom to take one for a test drive and explore our new Nissan financing options today.

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Here in the greater Orangeburg area, we're fortunate to live in a part of the country that affords almost endless opportunities for adventure and fun during the springtime. Whether you're heading up to Columbia for a day of shopping in the city, hitting the links with friends here at the Hillcrest Golf Course, or even cruising out to Congaree National Park to reconnect with nature on a hike, there's plenty to fill your free time. Of course, as any seasoned driver know, it's not just about where you're going, but the journey you take to get there. And if you'd like to get a bit more out of your time on the road this spring, we'd love to recommend some of the new new Nissan models for sale at our Orangeburg, SC dealership that can help you do just that.

Take for example the bold new Nissan 370Z for sale here at our Orangeburg, SC dealership. This rear-wheel drive sports car is perfect for folks who want to rediscover their love of the open road.

With the hard-top coupe and soft-top convertible roadster body styles available, the 2019 Nissan 370Z affords you the chance to push your driving acumen to the limits or enjoy the freedom of open air driving. And with its sporty rear-wheel drive configuration and the ability to put out up to 350 horsepower when properly equipped, the 2019 Nissan 370Z practically begs to be driven on the winding roads that spiderweb across South Carolina, and we think you'll be only too happy to oblige once you've spent some time behind the wheel.

Of course, the 2019 Nissan 370Z is just one of many new Nissan models available here in Orangeburg, SC, and if you'd indulge us, we'd love to show you your options firsthand. So, if you're in our neck of the woods, drop on by the showroom and let us get you behind the wheel of the new Nissan car, crossover, SUV, or truck that excites you the most!

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Your vehicle should have supplies in it that are enough to get you through a hard time or some kind of accident that takes place. It is important that you know what you should include in the roadside emergency kit that you put together.

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Make sure that your kit includes emergency blankets, ponchos, and anything else that you feel that you may need to stay warm. When you are traveling in cold weather, you must outfit your roadside emergency kit with warm things.

When you keep the right supplies in your vehicle, you will feel safe traveling in it. You will know that you will have all that you need if something bad takes place. It is also imperative to stay current on your maintenance for the utmost safety. If you feel like there may be a problem with your vehicle, or it is time for a service check, call us at Nissan Of Orangeburg in Orangeburg, SC.

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- Make sure that you keep your tires properly inflated and in efficient condition. Well-functioning tires can help you to better manage driving over potholes and other negative road conditions.

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