It’s summer and many of you may be thinking about taking a road trip together. We just took a very long road trip and we found that there were five things you should always consider when you are taking a road trip with your family.
Plan, Plan, Plan
You want to get away from home, but you want to make sure that you have a plan for where you want to go and what there is to do and see when you are on your way to the location and what to do when you are there. Some people like to have an open schedule and there is something to having flexibility, but having some ideas will help you to solidify things. Also, as you are planning, make sure to involve the whole family. Let people have a say in what you will see and do!
Get your kids engaged on the trip
As you are in the car, especially on a long car ride, there is a tendency for our kids’ generation to tune out with technology. As they are doing this unfortunately they are missing out on the world around them. There are so many ways to engage your kids with the world around the car. We played the License Plate game the entire trip and found 43 States and 3 Provinces in our road trip! Here are a few other games for you to consider!
Stay at places where you can get food or store food
More and more hotels are providing you with breakfast, but that is something that you need to look into prior to the trip. This will save some money for you and your family. You also can find places that may offer you a kitchenette or at least a refrigerator. By having some of these amenities you can shop yourself and save money on eating out. As you are traveling eating out can be a large expense, and this can help minimize those costs.
Create Learning Moments
If your child ever asks you “Are We There Yet?” pull out the map and let them figure out where you are and where you are going. This is only one way in which you can teach your kids along your trip. Creating learning moments is invaluable and will make your trips ones that your kids will never forget.
Pack to Keep Your Kids Active
While you can have activities to do to keep your kids engaged in the environment, you also want to pack toys, crosswords, word searches, coloring books and more.
Family trips can be stressful, but they do not have to be. With some pre-planning you can come out unscathed and create memories that will be remembered for years to come.