Saturday 22 February 2020

Top Tips For Perfect Family Road Trips

(Collaborative Post)

Are you planning a family road trip? If so, you are probably looking forward to getting away from it all and enjoying the open road stretching out ahead of you. There are so many exciting places to explore and travelling by road is a great way to head off on an adventure. A road trip offers the opportunity to enjoy some beautiful scenery that you may not always get to see.

Before heading off on your road trip, it is essential to make sure that you have everything you need. When taking a road trip with kids ensuring that you have all the essentials with you is even more critical so that everyone can have an enjoyable trip. 

Red toy car with a side door open and a Duplo figure positioned to look like he's opening the boot

Take Time to Prepare
To avoid delaying the start of your trip, it is crucial to check that your vehicle is ready to go and prepared for the journey ahead. It is best to carry out these preparations the day before so that you don’t end up eating into the time you should be spending on the road. Carrying out basic car maintenance, such as checking tyres, oil levels, topping up screen wash and filling with fuel is always a good idea.

Travelling in comfort is vital when you are going to spend a lot of time in the car. Make sure that you have plenty of room for your luggage as well as enough room for the kids in the back, otherwise, you could be listening to arguments throughout the entire trip as they fight to stretch their legs and relax. If your car is on the smaller side, it may be best to rent a people mover big enough for the whole family so that everyone can sit comfortably, and still leave enough room for all of your bags in the back. I also recommend a pillow for those that can enjoy a nap during the journey to save on any stiff necks!

Even if you are not planning to follow a particular route during your trip it is useful to have a vague idea of where you are going so that you know where to find places where you can refuel, use the loo or buy more food. If you are dependent on a satnav or google maps to guide you on your journey, it is a good idea to bring a paper map or road atlas as an old-fashioned back up should your technology fail you and you find yourself lost.

Pack Wisely
Don’t forget to ensure that essentials that you may need during the trip are packed in the car. There’s nothing worse than discovering that you have forgotten something important when you are miles from home. Pack snacks and drinks to keep everyone fed and refreshed during the trip.

Dressing in layers is useful for a road trip so that clothing can be added or removed easily depending on how hot or cold you are over the course of your journey.

Packing a first aid kit is also vital to keep in the car during your trip. Hopefully, you will not need to use it but you will be glad that you packed it should you need to. Keep the kit and snacks in the front of the car so they don't end up out of reach in the boot. I also take a packet of wet wipes to deal with any sticky snack fingers!!

Being a Brownie Leader (Snowy Owl) the whole be prepared motto has always lead to me being very organised for things like this and with these tips you will be too!

Mummy Snowy Owl

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