How Not To Have A Bad Family Roadtrip
Road trips can be a good way for a family to bond or have a vacation. However, you’re putting your family and a lot of things into a small space. That small space is a lot of steel and mechanics, moving at high speed. There is a lot that can go wrong here.
Well, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s how to better manage a road trip. Sit down and read up, because here’s some hard-won road trip wisdom.
First, consider when you drive. The best times are night, or bright and early. Choose which one works best for you.
If you drive at night, the kids are probably asleep in the back of the car. This means you’re not dealing with all their questions. You also have time to talk to whoever is awake for prolonged periods. Most likely, that’ll be your significant other or some other adult.
If you decide to drive during the early hours, it’s great for long road trips. Leave in the middle of the night and you can avoid the worst of the traffic and get to where you’re going sooner.
Make sure the car and driver are both in good condition.
For the driver, rest is important. This means you might sometimes need to pull over and sleep for ten to fifteen minutes, just for a quick energy boost.
For the car, you’ll want to give it a good maintenance check before driving. You can view more car advice at the link.
You might want to keep the number of a reliable roadside assistance service handy. Make sure it covers the areas that your road trip will visit.
Sometimes, it might be best to keep the kids distracted by having an adult in the back.
Most of the time, the navigator sits in the front. If you know the route well and have younger kids, it’s probably less stressful to forego the navigator, though. Have the other adult sit in the back and keep the young ones occupied with games or conversation.
Don’t overdo the electronics.
Travel apps and watching movies is fun and all, but you can skip them. Keep them in reserve and just let the kids run wild with their imaginations as they drive. Give them the room to make up their own stuff, rather than let gadgetry distract them too much.
You could give them games to play that aren’t electronic, too. There’s plenty of ways for them to have fun that doesn’t require a battery or wi-fi connection.
Just don’t give them a game that requires the use of physical pieces. Those tend to get lost in a hurry on the road.
Don’t pack messy snacks. Anything that requires a sauce is out. Drinks are best in bottles or anything that can be re-sealed.
Map your rest stops. Know the route ahead of time and know where the bathroom breaks are because this is going to be vital knowledge.
Bring a first aid kit and emergency supplies, including for car breakdowns. You never know.