A family road trip gives you the chance to explore new places, have plenty of fun, and make lots of exciting memories with your loved ones. Planning a road trip with children can be stressful, but it doesn’t need to be! Some simple planning and preparation can help ensure that your trip runs as smoothly as possible. Here are some useful tips on how to plan a stress-free family road trip:
Plan the route in advance
The first step to planning a successful road trip is to pick a destination and route. You have the option to begin your road trip from home, or you can travel to a completely new location before starting out. If you’re traveling abroad, then be sure to choose a route in advance so you can plan your trip accordingly. There are hundreds of exciting road trips all around the world to choose from.
Some of the most famous road trips include Route 66 in the US, Great Ocean Road in Australia, and North Coast 500 in Scotland and village hopping in the Cotswolds. Make sure you choose a route with plenty of fun stops and attractions to keep the whole family entertained. You also need to consider things like how much time you have available, the rules of the road in the location you’re visiting, and your available budget. Make sure you book car rental and accommodation in advance whenever possible so you can secure the best deals.
Make sure children are comfortable
Children must be comfortable during the trip, especially on long car journeys. Make sure you purchase the best infant car seat available to ensure that your children are seated correctly and safely. You should also consider bringing along a pillow and blanket to further improve comfort levels. Remember that children are likely to become bored and frustrated on lengthy car journeys. Make sure you factor in lots of rest-stops so you and your children can stretch your legs and get some fresh air.
Pack plenty of entertainment
Make sure you pack plenty of fun activities to keep children entertained during the hours spent in the car. Some of the best road trip activities for kids include drawing books, iPads, and audiobooks. You could also try playing fun car games as a family to pass the time while driving.
Make sure you also remember to pack plenty of healthy snacks to help avoid any hunger tantrums mid-journey. Fresh and dried fruit slices, nuts, and popcorn all make tasty and nutritious snacks for children. Preparing your own snacks in advance should also save you money, as you won’t be inclined to purchase food from expensive roadside restaurants and cafes whilst on your family road trip.
Book in advance
It’s understandable if you wish to leave some aspects of your road trip open to flexibility. However, booking in advance will ensure that your trip is as organized and stress-free as possible, especially when traveling with young children. Keep in mind that accommodation and attractions in popular tourist areas may get booked up in advance. For that reason, you should always try to book accommodation and tour tickets in advance whenever possible, to help avoid disappointment later on.
If you’re going on a family road trip this Christmas, we hope these tips help you nail it. Happy travels everybody!