How You Can Enjoy (and Not Just Survive) a Family Road Trip This Summer

The summer break is pretty much here, so how about a good old-fashioned family road trip over the holidays? It can be a great alternative to shelling out for things like plane tickets when you have children to pay for too. Plus, it can be a great way to make your feel a little more present when on your travels, and you can pick an itinerary that will fit you and what all of you all want to do. Road tripping with kids can be something that you want to do or something you have to do, but when there are lots of questions like ‘are we nearly there yet?’ it can leave you a little frustrated. But with a little planning, and putting some things in place, it can be a great way to spend time together as you take off to discover some unknown parts of the country. So if that sounds like something that you want to do, then here are some tips to help you plan a road trip with your family this summer, whether it is near or far.

Maintain Your Chill
No matter how much you plan, there are things that can come up to scupper the plans. There could be major traffic. Your hotel could lose your reservation. You could get travel sick. Or you could forget a toy or your sunglasses at one of the places you stop off at. But you just have to roll with it. Staying as calm as you can will show your children that just getting along with it, and driving around the country is all worth the trouble. 

Check Your Car
One of the main components to a road trip is having a car that is going to work to get you from one place to the next. It can turn into a bit of a nightmare if your car breaks down when you’re out on the road. And with kids in tow, it can be really tough to have to wait for a recovery vehicle on the side of the road. So before you go on a trip, check things on your car like the tyre pressure, tread, and the oils and washer fluid in the filters. It is always a good idea to have the phone number of something like Land Rover service & repairs, or whatever car you have, just in case you need to get help before you head off on your trip. But better to be safe than sorry and check things first. 

Be Flexible
Of course, having some plans in place for a road trip is a must. But you don’t want to over plan your trip too much, just because you don’t want to miss out on some fun places that you could stop off at. You might see a road sign of somewhere that you want to stop off at, or might drive past a spot that will work great for a picnic. So be a little flexible with your plans, and not stick to strict time schedules, or you might miss some great things.