Road trips are a great way to spend quality time with the family while exploring all that your own country has to offer, so it is not surprising that they are set to be even more popular in 2021 and beyond when travelling overseas may be more difficult for many of us.
Of course, the idea of going on a road trip with the family is sometimes a scary prospect. With all of you spending so much time in one small vehicle, there is so much potential for things to go wrong and fallouts to happen. Luckily, if you bear the following family road trip tips in mind, that is unlikely to happen…
Hire a vehicle
If your normal family car is not large enough, safe enough or comfortable enough, you may want to consider renting one instead. From campervans to brand new electric cars, there are so many options available and the more comfortable your car is, the easier it will be to keep everyone happy while you’re on the road.
Set the ground rules
Before you head off on your road trip, as a family, you should sit down and set the ground rules for your holiday. Discuss everything from what can and cannot be eaten in the car to how much time the kids can spend looking at screens and how much money you can spend each day (all being well). When everyone knows what is expected of them and what they can expect to happen, there is likely to be fewer tantrums on your trip and that is, I’m sure you will agree, a very good thing.
Break it up
Particularly if you have very young kids who don’t like to sit still for long, you should plan your trip so that you stop at fun attractions, nature walks or cafes on a very regular basis. For every couple of hours in the car, you should try to get out and do something at least for a little while. This will stop kids from getting cranky and ensure that you pack in a lot of fun on your trip. That being said, when you’re road-tripping with family, it pays to be flexible with your schedule and allow for some spontaneity too because you never know what will happen or which hidden attractions you will come across on your trip.
Pack plenty of snacks
Hungry family members are hangry family members. Remember that and be sure to pack lots of nice snacks like pretzels, chips, dips, crudites, sandwiches and, of course, lots of water. Keep them in a cool box and remember to feed the kids regularly.
Let everyone choose a location
If you want to foster family harmony, be sure to let everyone who’s coming on te trip choose at least one attraction they would like to visit, This will make things fair and ensure that you all have fun. It may also expose you all to new things you might not have tri3d before.
Have fun on your next family road trip.