Ah, the good old family road trip. You never just know what you’re getting when you embark on an adventure of this magnitude. Sometimes, you’ll get a vehicle full of singing, joy, and wonder. Other times, you’ll get a vehicle full of crying, arguing and disappointment. You don’t want to fall into the latter camp, obviously. So, we’ve got a few tips – both basic and more strategic – that should help you on your next journey. As I take off for a little family road trip myself this morning, let me share some great tips for your next road trip! Yes I know, I am not following one of my own tips but it is only a short car ride so it is ok. lol
Consider Mobile Accommodation – Here’s the thing about a road trip: you don’t always know where you’ll end up. After you’ve spent hours on the road, you’ll be needing some quality rest. In some places, though, finding accommodation is easier said than done. Before long, irritability will set into the entire family. If you’re planning on lots of road trips, think about mobile accommodation from places like Vermont Country Campers. Investing in an RV might just be the key to more successful trips in the future.
Set Off During The Night – Starting your trip in the middle of the night has a range of potential benefits. Firstly, you won’t have to deal with backed-up traffic. Also, the rest of the family (especially the kids!) will be more likely to get some sleep along the way. This eliminates the need to distract them with entertainment, making for a more peaceful journey all around. By the time you get to your intended destination, you’ll have the entire day ahead of you.
Bring Plenty Of Pillows & Blankets – Sleeping in a vehicle is always difficult. The only way to truly do it successfully is to load it up with plenty of pillows and blankets. And, travel pillows are easily found at a variety of retailers, including places like Toys ‘R’ Us! The last thing you want is to suffer from an uncomfortable journey and be too tired to enjoy the trip at all.
Map Out Your Breaks – You’ll need to have plenty of breaks throughout the trip. It’s always a good idea to map them out strategically. If you’re driving at night, this might not be so relevant. If the light is starting to creep in, though, you’re onto a winner. Why not find a great fishing spot and take an hour out of your day to teach the kids about it? Why not go and visit a historical monument that’s on the route?
Load Up On Chargers – Here’s a crucial one if you want to avoid countless hours of whining from the kids in the backseat. Load up on travel chargers. You’ll probably be equipped with all sorts of technology in the vehicle. There are phones, tablets, DVD players and much more that potentially live in there. They all need charging if you want to keep your kids busy during the dull parts of the journey. Invest in a multi-socket car charger in order to accommodate the masses of devices.
These tips will help you to master the art of the road trip and enjoy a successful vacation. Have you got any tips you’d like to share? Let us know!