Road Trip Tips

By: Temp

America's first choice for family vacations is very quickly becoming the road trip. The reason is that it is the most affordable option for large group travels in a time when many people are hesitant to rely on air travel. If you are taking a vacation with the whole family, you know that sometimes it seems less like a vacation, or more like a colossal nightmare. When you decide to take that family road trip, keep on hand some useful road trip tips that will ensure you all get the vacation you have been looking forward to for so long.

The fun thing about road trips is that you allow yourself to be opened up to a world you may have never seen before. Experiencing a road trip with your children is an exciting way to teach them about the country, and open their worlds to new experiences and new things. It is also a great way to see historic areas you may not have gotten a chance to had you taken a flight. Make sure your road trip is all of the excitement you have been waiting for by ensuring your road trip planning takes care of every possible scenario.

Games, books, puzzles, coloring books, are all great things to keep your children occupied in the car. Keeping your children occupied will soon become a task that is paramount once you have been on the road for an hour or two. Ensure they each bring all of their favorites so that there are no excuses to being bored. Have a list of fun in-car games that you can play along the way - trivia, license plate games, I-Spy, or anything that will be age appropriate for your children. You may even want to invest in a portable DVD player and allow each child to take turns choosing the movie. You also may want to get each child a journal if it is age appropriate, as well as a small disposable camera. This will enable them to create their own unique diary or travel guide of their family vacation.

Before you get in the car, make sure you have a cooler fully stocked of both food and drink. This will minimize times you will need to stop, and also save you money on gas station or fast food snacks. Take a quick break every couple of hours for bathroom needs. And you also want to have several trash bags and several packages of anti-septic wipes handy for spills and messes.

Make sure you have taken full advantage of online travel guides and US travel guides so that you have your route completely mapped out ahead of time. Ensure you are fully aware of weather and road conditions in each city you will be visiting, and how long it will take you to get from one place to the next. You can use travel guides for both weather and mapping so take full advantage of them. Make a copy of the travel guide for each of your children, and have each child be a navigator on a different day. Kids love to participate in activities for grownups and they will enjoy the feeling of being in charge.

Always remember to expect the unexpected and do not put too much pressure on yourself. There is no such thing as the perfect vacation, but proper road trip planning will get you as close as possible.

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