Do you have a family road trip on your bucket list? Study after study confirms that family vacations are one of the best ways to increase family bonding, ties and life long memories. You no doubt value the trips you made with your family as a child. Offering that same experience to your own family will provide richness of memories for your children that are priceless. Follow these recommendations from the travel experts to ensure your family trip is a success.
The first step is to decide on a destination, confirm your dates and determine your budget. Once these key issues have been addressed, you’re ready to start the fun process of actually planning your trip. Whether you’re visiting family a few hours away or heading across the country to a dude ranch, planning will make all the difference in the world.
Be sure to have your car serviced prior to the trip. The last thing you need on a family road trip is to have a break down on the side of the road. Ensure tires are properly inflated and have ample treat. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a first aid kit for the car from Advance Auto Parts. Knowing you have a first aid kit on hand will provide much needed peace of mind. Engage the children in selecting car games and healthy snacks prior to departure. An endless stream of videos andvideo games will certainly lead to cranky and grouchy kids upon arrival. Excess screen time also thwarts family bonding time. Select games that are age appropriate. These can range from card games to I Spy to spelling games. Round about story-telling, where one person begins to tell a story and each family member adds to it can be great fun! Avoid sugary snacks and elect instead for healthy fruits and protein.
Plan on stopping at least every two hours to stretch and take a bathroom break. This is also important for the driver. If you have two drivers, this is the opportunity to switch drivers. Have a grand time making road trip memories with your family!