Tips for a Successful Family Road Trip

Posted on Jan 16 2019 - 4:06am by Olivia Williams Jones
Family Road Trip

Going on a road trip with your family can be a great way to bond, have fun together, and, of course, learn something new about the world around you. However, planning such a road trip can be everything but fun if you’re new at it. With that in mind, here are a few tips that should help you organize your trip and have the time of your lives.

Family Road Trip

Make full use of your breaks

First things first, when you take breaks, make use of them. Everybody should go to the bathroom, especially the kids (even if they don’t feel like going – they will five minutes after you start the car), and let your kids run around a bit. It’ll allow them to stretch their legs and release some energy. While they play, you can eat your lunch and prepare theirs, which they can have when you get moving again; the point is to make the time in the car as bearable and as subjectively short for your kids as possible.

Family Road Trip

Think about food

Speaking of food, since you will be on the road for a while, eating out might not always be an option. However, there are many delicious –and healthy – travel-with-kids-251757″>meals that you can make ahead. You should also pack plenty of snacks for when the kids get a bit cranky. For example, you can buy snacks that they don’t usually eat at home, so you’d keep them both occupied and interested. Just keep in mind not to pack anything that is sticky or messy, to save yourself the trouble of cleaning. Finally, make sure everybody has their own water bottle, and don’t give your kids any juice during the trip – they’ll drink more than they need to, and we all know what that means.

Family Road Trip

Don’t bring more than you need

You can find many different lists telling you what you should and shouldn’t pack, but the truth is, nobody can tell you what you’ll need and what you won’t. Only you can know this – and you probably already do, you just need to put it on paper. Keep in mind the length of your trip, and try not to pack more than absolutely necessary. After all, you’ll need some room in the car for the things you’ll buy as well.

Also, think about the weather when packing your clothes and shoes. Bring things that are comfortable to wear and that allow you to move around. If you’re going on a longer trip, you can order some fantastic clothes from an online baby clothing store for your kids. This way, you wouldn’t have to go shopping, which would leave you more time for doing everything else.

Family Road Trip

Keep the kids entertained

Needless to say, you need to pack some toys for the kids. However, if you don’t pack the right toys, it’ll be as if you haven’t packed any at all. So, think about what your kids like to do in their free time, and choose toys that they can play with in the car. There are also many games you can all play together, so keep that in mind as well.

Also, consider getting one of those back seat organizers, so your kids’ toys can be within their reach. Plus, it’ll keep the car clean, it’ll save you the trouble of constantly handing out the toys, and it’ll keep their toys safe in their place after being played with. Finally, make sure not to pack your kids’ favorite toys; things tend to get lost and forgotten on a trip, and the last thing you want is your child crying over their lost favorite toy.

Family Road Trip

One of the most important things to keep in mind when planning a family road trip is that the journey is just as important as the destination, if not even more. Being fresh, comfortable, relaxed, and happy is essential to being able to truly appreciate everything there is to see on the trip. Therefore, apply the listed suggestions, and you can rest assured that it’ll be a trip your family will remember for a long time.

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Olivia is psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs, Teo and Mia. She is passionate about writing and always inspiring her readers to be clever in their lives. Her motto is "Be the change you want to see in the world".