There are few things on earth more stressful than a family road trip, but one of those things more stressful than a family road trip is hustling your kids on and off a plane. So in conclusion? A family road trip is actually a relatively calmer way to spend your vacation. Here are some tips on how to have the best family road trip ever.
First of all, it’s important to plan your trip and research tips for your trip. You don’t have to figure out what you’re doing every hour of every day, but it is a great idea to make sure that you have your route mapped out. If you were doing a solo road trip, it might be fun to play it by ear and book into motels when you find them, but if you’re traveling with your kids then, unfortunately, things need to be a little more planned out than that. There are a lot of things to cater for: child-friendly activities, restaurants with food they might actually eat, hotels with the rights sorts of rooms. So it’s a good idea to book your accommodation before you start out. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you budget carefully through the trip. This will mean that you won’t end up overspending hugely and cringing at the thought of receiving your next credit card bill, but it will also mean that you know you can splash a little cash on treats for everyone when you want to.
Occupy Your Kids
In the car, it’s vitally important that you have plenty of activities to keep your kids occupied. Write down a list of games that you can verbally play with them like i-spy, and if they can handle reading and doing activities in the car, make sure that you stock up on coloring and sticker books. It’s also important to remember that if you’re going to use technology and resort to tablets, now is the time to do that, and there’s no shame in it! Load up a tablet for each kid with their favorite movies and cartoons, and use them whenever you can tell that a meltdown is imminent. You could also invest in the soundtracks to your kids’ favorite movies – if you can bear it, a singalong to The Lion King or Frozen might be good fun!
Get Your Car Kitted Out
First of all, make sure that your car is in good order – check the pressure of your tires and make sure that your spare tire in the back of your car is in great condition, and that the jack works perfectly too. Fill up your oil and your brake fluid, and even take your car to a local mechanic to make sure that nothing needs to be done before you leave. Inside the car, cover your seats in waterproof materials that you can wipe clean if drinks are spilled or if someone gets car sick, and fit a shoe holder with multiple pockets to the backs of seats with bags of snacks and activities in there so that your kids don’t cover the entire back seat in crumbs and discarded toys.
Remember that your road trip will be noisy, wild – and a total blast for all of you.