As COVID-19 lingers into winter, air travel and other types of mass transit are still out of the question for many people. To appease your travel bug and practice social distancing, consider embarking on a good old-fashioned family road trip.
Road-tripping lets you travel while many people are stuck at home, but it also means that you’re in a car with your family for hours or days on end. So what can you do to make it as enjoyable of an experience as possible?
Keep reading to learn about six road trip tips that’ll help you and your family have an awesome time while on the road.
1. Limit the Use of Electronics
When you want a moment of peace, it can be tempting to turn on a movie for your kids. However, road trips are a great opportunity to teach your children to develop more imaginative ways to entertain themselves. Let their imaginations run wild and see what happens.
2. Spend Quality Time Together
Now more than ever is the perfect chance to spend some quality time with the people who mean the most to you. Children crave attention from their parents, and sitting next to or in front of them in a car is the perfect time to give it to them.
Listening to them can help you understand how they’re feeling. Depending on their ages, it can also be entertaining!
3. Pack Snacks That You Won’t Regret
It’s may seem tempting to stop at fast food joints and gas stations to get food while on a road trip. However, do yourself and your kids a favor by packing some healthy snacks and meals.
Hard-boiled eggs, sandwiches, and fruit may not sound exciting, but they’ll prevent sugar rushes and subsequent meltdowns.
4. Figure Out Where You’ll Stop
Make sure that you have a good understanding of what the route is like before beginning the trip. You don’t your kids to tell you that they have to go to the bathroom, then realize that the closest rest stop is two hours away.
5. Have Different Games in Mind
Instead of responding to the “Are we there yet?” question, try to distract your kids. Road trips are a great time for road trip activities, such as I Spy and 20 Questions. You can also try handing your kids a map and having them figure out how long there is to go!
6. Be Ready for Anything
Every road trip requires you to come prepared in case of an emergency. When traveling with your kids, you need to take this a step further. Roadside emergency kits, extra food, and blankets are essential.
This also means knowing how to drive safely and avoiding common types of car accidents.
Ready to Go? Make It a Family Road Trip to Remember
Spending several hours in a car with the whole family may sound like a nightmare to some people, but it doesn’t have to. With the right preparation and planning, you can count on it being the family road trip of the century.
Are you ready to go off and have an awesome road trip with your kids? Before you go and start packing, take a moment to check out some of our other blog posts.