The perfect family road trip can become the breath of fresh air you need after months of working hard. Sometimes, such activity is more meaningful than going on a vacation abroad. Data from 2016 showed that 39 percent of American travelers preferred road trips over standard vacations. Usually, however, road trips did not turn out the way families wanted them to be.
Mistakes like failing to bring the tent or stocking up on necessities are crucial to the overall experience. Not to mention, forgetting your child's safety gear can wreak havoc on the overall adventure. These instances can ruin what can otherwise be a perfect family road trip. So, what can you do to make your family road trip fun?
1) Prep Everything in Advance
Extensive planning and getting everyone on board to pitch in can provide you with lots of benefits. For one, it minimizes the risk of overlooking some aspects of the road trip which may turn out to be very essential. It also provides an atmosphere of total participation and makes everyone feel you’re all in this together. Plan your route accordingly by noting the number of stops you’re going to make and where, plus the activities you intend to do. This can help you save a lot of money, time, and even your sanity during the actual road trip.
2) Choose a Comfortable Vehicle for Travel
Getting an RV or a travel trailer can set the tone for the entire road trip. It allows you to bring along provisions and gear that might not fit in your regular-sized car. In fact, travel trailers give you the freedom to select from a broad range of types that fit your vehicle. Best of all, there are travel trailers that provide dozens of amenities, as some models contain several rooms. During your sight-seeing stops, particularly at nighttime, your travel trailer can become a second home for your family to rest. This eliminates the need for you to seek lodging at a hotel, thus saving you a great deal of your budget.
3) Bring Plenty of Snacks and Drinks
During road trips, kids and adults alike are known to feel the sudden urge of hunger when you least expect it. Rather than spending your time looking for the nearest or next convenience store, pack treats along with you. If you have an RV trailer, you can place it all in a cooler. Bringing along plenty of snacks would help you avoid making multiple stops. Plus, advanced prep can save you time and money since items at convenience stores are relatively higher compared to home-prepped meals – and home-made snacks are generally much healthier too!
If you want your family road trip to be fun and successful, then early prep is the key. With proper planning and careful implementation, you’ll have a relaxing and fun-filled family road trip.