This is a guest post from WAF, friendly advice on how to survive the family road trip!
A road trip with the family can be both a blessing and a curse. Between the kids asking “are we there yet?” and fighting over who gets to play music in the car, a great drive can quickly turn into a great headache – and that’s before you’ve even arrived at your destination. There are a few things you can do to make sure your family road trip doesn’t end up in a screaming match (or someone being left behind on the highway).
Here’s some do’s and don’ts that will help you survive a road trip with your family, and actually have a good time!
DO pack snacks
Everyone gets the munchies on road trips, so make sure you pack plenty of nibbles for your long drive. No one wants to drive on an empty stomach and for kids, this can be a major irritant. To avoid stopping at restaurants every few hours, have lots of snacks in the car (be sure to include a variety as well). Biscuits, chips and lollies are more often than not the preferred option, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to pack some fruit and nuts for some much needed healthy alternatives. Water, soft drinks and juice will also need to be in good supply to satisfy the thirsty masses once their hunger has been satiated.
DO keep the kids entertained
There’s only so much I-Spy you can play before boredom inevitably sets in, and no one wants to listen to tired old stories like when you got great boat finance in Perth. Whether it be portable DVD players, iPods or a good old fashioned deck of cards, the kids need to be kept occupied for long periods of time. Otherwise, your sanity will be at stake.
DON’T drive for too long
Try not to drive for very long stretches at a time; take breaks every few hours. While it is extremely important that the driver is refreshed, taking a break at rest stops along highways allows everyone else to take a break, stretch their legs and have a snack or a drink. It’s also an opportunity to swap drivers if you need to.
DON’T leave late
Try and get a head start on the traffic. The earlier you set off on your journey, the earlier you can arrive at your destination. I know waking up the clan at 4am can be painful but it will be worth the time you get to relax when you arrive well ahead of schedule.
Lastly…DO enjoy the ride
If you’re going to spend multiple hours in a car with the same people, you better make sure it’s enjoyable. I hope these tips can help your next road trip be a success!