Tips For a Successful Family Road Trip

Driving vacations are budget-friendly ways to get away from home for a few days. They can also be easily customized to a family’s schedules and interests. The following tips can help travelers make the most of a road trip.

  • Map the destination. Figure out the duration of the trip ahead of time, mapping your stops to break up the ride and include stops for food, comfort breaks, and fill-ups.
  • Plan food and accommodations. Some people wing it as they go, while others prefer detailed planning, researching hotels, attractions, and places to dine.
  • Be firm with departure times. Plan to leave at a particular time and stick to it to help keep the trip on schedule.
  • Share the driving. Know your driving limits and share the responsibility with someone else who can take over if or when fatigue sets in.
  • Prepare things for kids to do. Prevent or delay hearing the whine, “Are we there yet?” with movies, puzzles, books, and music for children. Pack headphones so their devices will not disturb others.
  • Have your vehicle tuned-up. Ensure that your vehicle is in good working order to reduce the likelihood of a breakdown out on the road. Having a spare tire and tools onboard is important.
  • Don’t pack too much. Leave some room when packing for souvenirs from your trip. Take advantage of hotel laundry facilities to keep clothes fresh, and to avoid the need to pack too many outfits.
  • Be flexible. Keep an open mind and be flexible so you can enjoy any unexpected wonders that may cross your path. Flexibility also helps adapt to heavy traffic or detours without losing your cool.
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