There are few traditions as sacred to Americans as the classic road trip. Two parts wonder, one part frustration… the road trip is something that every family should try at least once. If you’re ready to get out on the open road with your kids, you owe it to them (and to yourself!) to make the trip as pleasant as possible. Below are three tips that can help you make your road trip great.
1. Plan Ahead!
There’s a lot to be said for taking things as they come when you’re on the road. If you want to keep the family engaged, you need to plan ahead. You don’t need a minute-by-minute itinerary, but you do need to keep everyone engaged by planning thoroughly. For example, if you know that you’ve got a little one with a weak bladder you’ll need to plan for frequent stops. If you have a teenager that can only survive with headphones plugged firmly into their ears, make sure to bring an extra charging cable. Anything you can do before you leave will help you have a more pleasant trip once you hit the road.
2. Choose Your Transportation Wisely
The family vehicle is a creature unto itself on a long car trip. You’ll grow to love every convenience in your vehicle – and you’ll grow to loathe every flaw. If you’re going to take your daily vehicle, go get all of the basic maintenance done before you leave – including a checkup of the heating and cooling systems. Make sure there’s plenty of room for everyone in the vehicle and think about how much room you’ll need for luggage. If you want to give your family a little more space and a lot more luxury, nothing will beat renting (or buying) an RV.
3. Know Your Audience
If you’re taking a family road trip, you must remember that the family is the most important part of the trip. Take some time to think about who is coming along before you plan your route. Your hyperactive tweens may not be the best audience for a leisurely drive through wine country and younger kids might not yet appreciate the wonders of natural monuments. Always make sure that there is something for everyone on your journey so each member of the family gets a chance to have a great time.
Keep in mind that your road trip should be an opportunity to bring your family together. Pay attention to the needs of your family, plan ahead, and make sure you have the right type of transportation for your trip. If you put in the right amount of effort, you should be rewarded with memories that will last a lifetime.
About the Author
Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. Meghan recommends renting an RV, like those offered at Fretz RV, for your next family road trip. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.