With summer now upon us what better way to embrace the summer spirit than to get in your family car and hit the roads on a road trip adventure of a lifetime?
Traveling with children can be a fun and rewarding experience for both the children and the parents, yet a family road trip is not without its pitfalls, and therefore similar to how it would be a good idea to visit a 4WD Supacentre to attach a roof rack to your car particularly if you’re planning on camping out in the wilderness, it’s a good idea to think ahead in order to take the headache away from family road trips.
Here are three core strategies to help you have a great time and reduce the possibility for friction and tears before bedtime.
- STOP OFF ALONG THE WAY
Thankfully, we no longer have to argue over taking the wrong turn thanks to SatNav, who often becomes a common enemy when it inevitably takes you the long way around – which can be helpful in terms of keeping in rapport with your family.
That said, sometimes when we get lost we end up stumbling on some of the most enchanting places en route that would have otherwise passed us by.
It’s a good idea to plan a route that allows for several interesting stop-offs to break up an otherwise long and monotonous drive. The great thing about road trips is that rather than dashing to the final destination they allow us to enjoy the journey.
- KEEP EVERYONE ENTERTAINED
You’ll want ensure your kids (if you have any) have plenty of engaging activities for the journey that don’t require adult participation – whether that’s watching a film on a mobile device or even something like a coloring book.
It’s important the adults have something to keep them entertained too; as long journeys are just as taxing for adults; often this can be as simple as having a great soundtrack for the journey.
A great game to play with your family, particularly if you have a Spotify account, is to each pick a song that you want to listen to… you could physically pass the mobile device around each person (except the driver) who can select a specific song; this will make time pass a lot quicker!
- AVOID MOTION SICKNESS
There are plenty of pharmaceutical remedies that can help travelers with motion sickness but one of the best pieces of advice is to eat little and often throughout the journey and ensure there’s an adequate supply of fresh air. Sitting in the front seat from time to time can also help to prevent this. I have personally dealt with this, so I know how annoying it can be to deal with!
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