Planning the perfect family road trip can be difficult. Various factors can work against you, such as the ages of your children, or the size of your car. If you follow this guide, you will be able to plan the perfect family road trip.
Planning the Perfect Family Road Trip
Consider the size of your car
If you’re a family with more than one car, I recommend picking the biggest car for the road trip. Even if it’s an inconvenience. Even if it means swapping the car seats over. Trust me, the more room everybody has, the happier your passengers will be. If you’re looking to buy a car, I would recommend going for something that has plenty of room in the boot, as well as leg room in the back (to stop your little angels from kicking the back of your seat all the way there!).
This is a really important one. Ensure car seats are fitted properly, check tyre, pressure, oil, screen wash and fuel. It’s only quite basic maintenance but it can make a real difference to your car safety.
Pick a great destination
I think the ages of your children really dictates the distance you can travel. Young children get impatient, and if they’re not used to long car journeys, can become car sick too. For you first road trip, I would recommend choosing the best place you can go that involved travelling for the shortest amount of time. You can always work your way up to going somewhere further away when you’re certain of how well your children will travel.
Everyone knows that if you have children, snacks are the currency they deal in. You can persuade them to do almost anything if snacks are involved. Bring things that travel well and won’t melt or go off. Also avoid anything that might make the kids feel a bit sick. Nothing ruins a road trip like vomit.
You needn’t spend a lot of money on this. Don’t feel like you need to invest in portable DVD players or something. Bring the children’s tablets, loaded with videos they love. If they don’t have a tablet, make a YouTube playlist for them on your phone and let them watch it. You could always bring their favourite music, or play a spot of ‘I Spy’. It doesn’t matter what you have planned, as long as you have something planned.
What do you do to prepare for road trips? Do you have any foolproof hacks that will make travelling with the family run smoothly? If so, please share it in the comments!