This year has been…interesting, to say the least. Due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, life, as we know it, has changed. People have been cooped up in their homes for weeks, and everything feels just a bit uncertain.
But, the good news? This won’t all last forever. Already, some restrictions across the globe are starting to loosen up, giving all of us something to look forward to in the coming months; travel.
If you’re planning a summer trip with your family, why not go a different route this year. If you have little ones, you know it can sometimes be difficult to fly with them, or even to manage jet lag with babies and toddlers.
So, why not consider a family road trip? You don’t need to have an RV or a lot of camping knowledge to make a road trip a success, and there are many benefits you might not have expected. With that in mind, let’s look at three tips you can use to plan the ultimate family road trip.
- Make a Budget
One of the easiest ways to make a road trip successful and less stressful is to create a budget beforehand. Once you know where you want to go, this is easier to do. Plan for things like:
- Fuel costs
You should also have a bit of wiggle room in your budget in case of emergencies or “extras”. You might get a flat tire or have car trouble, or you might see an extra experience or event that you didn’t initially plan for. Don’t use these things as an excuse to go overbudget, but understand that things happen.
- Make Sure Your Car is Ready
No matter what kind of vehicle you’re taking, it’s important to make sure it’s well-maintained. Opting for a traditional car for a family road trip? Make sure to insure your minibus, RV, or van before you hit the road. Getting your car’s oil changed, checking the tires, and even having it looked at by a mechanic can save you from a lot of headaches on the road.
- Find Ways to Keep the Kids Entertained
If you’re traveling with young children, you might find that the most difficult aspect of your trip is keeping them from saying “I’m bored” when you’re on a long stretch of road. Be sure to bring things along that can keep your kids entertained in the car, including audiobooks, games, or even tablets where they can watch their favorite shows.
But, don’t be afraid to get involved in entertainment, too! Turn on the radio and have a sing-along or a family karaoke session in the car. Or, play a game where everyone can be involved all at once.
Keeping your kids fed with healthy snacks can also keep them from getting bored and will boost their energy and mood. Be sure to pack plenty of things for them to munch on while you’re driving. It will keep them happy, and will keep you from making too many pit stops for food!
If you’ve never been on a family road trip before, this seems like the perfect year to give it a shot! Plan ahead, be prepared for anything and embrace whatever comes to enjoy this bonding time with the people you love most.