I know a lot of people with children who wouldn’t dream of taking their kids on a road trip. It’s easy to see why - traveling from place to place and always being on the move is a challenge when you have little ones.
But with a little planning, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy a vacation on four wheels. And, in my humble opinion, you should try it! A simple road trip can be a fantastic opportunity to teach your kids about having an adventure, seeing the country, and experiencing wildlife from a close distance.
It’s also worth pointing out that a road trip will cost you far less than a ten-day stay in a hotel! With all this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things you will need to consider when planning for the perfect family road trip.
Consult a map
First of all, it’s time to go old school, pull out an updated map, and plan your route. While road trips can be fun, you will find yourself under a lot of pressure if you are driving blind.
You will need to stop every few hours with kids in the car, and also nightly - preferably in a child-friendly motel, hotel, or camp site. Finding an RV park or two is also a good idea - they are cheap, and most will have all the amenities you need to freshen up in the morning before you set off again.
Don’t forget to research good places to eat while on the way. Finally, it’s best to underestimate the distances you will travel. Traffic, inclement weather, or even a burst tyre could hold you up, so give yourself some breathing space.
The great thing about packing for a road trip is that you can be less picky than if you were flying by plane. The more room you have in your RV, the more you can pack - it’s as simple as that.
Obviously, you need to pack plenty of clothing for the kids, but you should all have a small overnight bag each, too. It will save you a lot of time from carrying all your luggage into a hotel or motel every night. Clothing aside, it’s essential to bring enough toys, games, and books for the kids, so they avoid distractions. At some points, they will be just as amazed by the scenery you drive through as you will be - but they will have moments where they need some other stimulus.
While it’s tempting to let your kids plug into a tablet or smartphone, use them sparingly - it’s a great chance to promote things like conversation and storytelling.
Don’t forget snacks - and keep them healthy, too. You will be amazed by a number of times your kids complain of hunger and thirst, so plenty of tasty treats and lots of water will be essential.
String cheese, pretzels, vegetable sticks - they can all go in a simple cooler bag. Stock up on some reusable containers, too. They can keep all your healthy snacks fresh while in the cold box.
And there you have it - it’s that simple. As long as you plan your route well and have enough on board to keep the kids interested and satisfied, there is no reason why you won’t reach your destination without a hitch. Good luck - and enjoy your trip!