5 tips to Make Your Next Family Road Trip Your Best Family Road Trip
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As a military family we travel all the time for my husband’s job, but sometimes we like to travel just for fun and lately road trips have been our best friend. We fly often but since moving to Virginia from Hawaii we’ve been hitting the road a lot, Hawaii gave us island fever, and we like to get out and burn up as much road as we can.
When we first started taking road trips with the kid’s, I was a bit nervous. I didn’t know how they’d respond to being in a car for an extended period, but here a few tips that have made “most” of our road trips pretty enjoyable.
1. It may seem like a no-brainer but when you’re packing and trying not to forget things for your trip your house can get hit pretty hard and before you know it it’s time to go, and your house is a hot mess. Take some time and plan ahead to deep clean your house so that when you get back you won’t have the unnecessary stress of cleaning after a long road trip. It’s relaxing to come back to a clean home after a long trip and it almost feels like you’re still at the hotel.
Pick a Travel Time That Works For You
2.Traditionally we’ve only driven at night so that our kids would stay asleep for most of the trip but for our trip to Chicago we decided to be bold and chance it by driving during the day, and I have to say it wasn’t too bad. One of the pros of driving at night is that you’ll experience less traffic, but you’ll also miss out on all of the sights, which is a large part of the road trip experience.
Get the Kids Involved
3. I’ve learned that allowing the kids to help prepare for a road trip helps them look forward to the adventure. I let them “pack” and when they finish I just empty out all of the junk and replace it with real clothes. I also let them come with me to Walmart to pick out their favorite road trip snacks. Before we go pick up the yummies, I stop by the Walmart Automotive Care Center before every road trip. With us living in the country and our love of frequent road trips, I prefer to use Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® because it helps to clean out the sludge that lesser oils leave behind.
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Entertainment is King.
4. Now is the time to break out the big guns. Get that baby doll your daughter has always wanted and that truck your son has been begging for.
Don’t hold back it’s bribing time and I’m not afraid to admit it. The key is to keep them occupied; a new toy is perfect for the occasion so you want to make it count. In addition to fancy new toys, I also bring tablets, Ipads and a variety of never before seen Dvd’s because you can only listen to Biz Markie on Yo Gabba Gabba so many times before it loses its novelty.
5. If you decide to drive day or night one tip, I swear by is to dress the kids in pajamas. It’s so much more comfortable for them when they fall asleep in the car.
These are the family road trip tips I that make our trips pretty cool. Do you have an never fail road trips tips that you’d like to share?