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Pulling Up to a Nonexistent Rest Stop
Some states have closed or plan to close highway rest areas for budget reasons, which can be a problem if you've been counting on a restroom for the past 50 miles only to find an empty parking lot and boarded-up building once you arrive. State transportation websites are publishing lists of rest areas that have been closed; it's a good idea to check the ones you'll be passing before you leave home. Just in case, though, always travel with a bucket, toilet paper and antibacterial wipes, a precaution Hotels.com blogger Nicole Hockin suggests for times when you can't find a bathroom or when car sickness hits.
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