Use These Tips To Have An Awesome Family Road Trip!

Are you planning to have an awesome family road trip sometime soon? These tips can help you to make sure you have the best time with the people you love the most. Although spontaneous road trips can be nice, you certainly don’t want to forget anything that could hinder your trip! Use these tips to help you…

Pack Lots Of Snacks And Drinks

Make sure you pack lots of snacks and drinks. This will save you if you don’t come across any place to eat, and it’ll save you money. Make sure you have lots of bottled water and pre-packed snacks. You might want to create each person in the car their own snack pack to eat as they wish. However, you might want everybody to eat their snacks together to deter a person from eating all of theirs at once and getting hungry again later.

Take Turns Driving

If possible, take it in turns to drive. This gives each of you a chance to rest and stay safe. You can also stay on the road for longer, stopping you from needing to stop for a rest or sleep. You’ll get to where you’re going faster this way and have the chance to enjoy the road trip without being behind the wheel the whole time.



Consider Driving At Night

Driving at night can be so much easier for many reasons. Leaving at night can be more peaceful – while your kids sleep in the back, you and your driving partner can have uninterrupted conversations. You can get to where you’re going faster too, as there won’t be as many cars on the road, or distractions. If you want a peaceful, hassle free drive, this could be the way to do it. If you don’t want to leave in the middle of the night, consider leaving early in the morning instead.

Make Sure You All Stay Safe

Make sure everybody in the car stays as safe as possible on the drive to where you’re going. Ensure everybody wears their seatbelt, and is wearing suitable clothing. Taking a look at a page like could be useful if you are traveling with very young children. Make sure you carefully check over the car before you leave too. Make sure you have enough gas, water, air in your tyres, and that there are no problems. Never neglect to check your car or you could end up in trouble later on!

Make Sure You Have Breakdown Cover

If you don’t have breakdown cover, getting it before you go on your road trip is crucial. This could save you from one huge headache if you happen to breakdown. You never know what might happen, so taking precautions like this is a must.

Take Emergency Supplies

Make sure you take emergency supplies with you too. If you do breakdown, you should never stay in the car while you wait to be rescued. Take extra blankets and emergency food/drink with you so you can wait comfortably.

Plan Breaks In Advance

You’re going to need breaks, no matter how many of you take it in turns driving. Plan your breaks in advance. Check out stops you can stop at and make the most of your time there, stretching your legs, picking up refreshments and using the toilet. If you’re traveling with young children, you’re going to need more breaks than normal. They’ll likely need the toilet far faster than you, and it isn’t fair to keep them strapped in the car for too long at a time. Make sure you know where you can stop and plan in advance.




Make A CD Or Playlist

Make a CD or playlist before you leave. This can include some of your favorite singalong songs. It doesn’t need to be songs suited only to young children. Afterall, listening to Old Mcdonald isn’t going to be very fun for you the whole way, is it? You could even make the playlist together before you leave, so that everybody is in agreement. Make sure it’s long enough so that you don’t have to listen to repeat songs.

Keep A Few Surprises Up Your Sleeve

It’s a good idea to keep a few surprises up your sleeve to surprise and delight your kids later on. How about giving them glow sticks if you’re going to be driving at night? There are so many other things you can do too. Use your imagination!

Plan Some Games And Crafts

Plan some games and crafts to eliminate boredom as you drive. Take a couple of fun games with you, or come up with some games where you don’t need anything to play, like Eye Spy. You can even take an origami kit and see what your kids can make.




Don’t Overload On Electronics

It can be tempting to ply your kids with electronics to keep them quiet for the duration of the trip. However, you should avoid overloading on electronics. This gives them a chance to actually use their imagination and live in the moment.

Just Talk Too

Why not catch up and talk as a family? You don’t always have to play games. You can use this trip as a chance to get close again and catch up.

Treat The Kids A Little

As this is a special occasion, don’t be afraid to treat the kids a little. Why not let them eat fast food, or take them to a roadside restaurant? This will help make your trip more fun and spontaneous. You can’t be too strict when you’re on a road trip. Allow for treats and everybody will have better memories and a better time.

Hopefully, these tips have inspired you to have the best family road trip. Use the tips to make sure you’re well prepared and that you have fun in the car even before you arrive at your destination. Remember, the kids will take the lead from you. If you’re in an upbeat mood, they will be too! Leave your own tips below. Bye for now!


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  1. We love to drive at night when we road trip. The traffic is so much less heavy, and it makes it a lot less worrisome that way.

  2. Making a CD sounds like a great way to make a road trip better. What’s better on a road trip than some great tunes?

  3. One of our favorite games to play on a road trip is Punch Buggy. Although, with my kids, its advisable to wear shoulder pads when you play!

  4. Pam Wattenbarger says

    We take a lot of road trips with the whole family. These are all great tips, especially packing lots of snacks.

  5. I like your ideas. I do think that driving at night can be less stressful, depending on the road. Planning breaks and stops beforehand is a good strategy.

  6. Totally agree with allowing the kids to indulge in a few treats while traveling. I always go all out when I travel! Should be the same for children.

  7. Sara Phillips says

    We road trip a LOT and utilize many of the tips you have listed! We only drive at night if we won’t miss any good stops along the way, thought.

  8. This list couldn’t have come to me at a more perfect time! We are heading to Florida with our two kids in a few weeks and i will be referencing this before we leave!

  9. Snacks are always #1 on our car trip list. We also use Pandora a lot and do a lot of family karaoke too. Makes for great memories and passes the time much faster!

  10. My son and his girl just took their first ever road trip. I think it’s romantic. 🙂 We haven’t done a family road trip in awhile.

  11. We are family road tripping all the time. These are great tips!

  12. Reesa Lewandowski says

    Snacks and emergency supplies are 2 things I never have. I am the least prepared person out there I swear!