(ThyBlackMan.com) Taking a long road trip can be tiring, and it can be even more exhausting when you have kids in tow. The best way to keep everyone happy is stay organized and to make sure the children have plenty of entertainment on a long road trip.
What makes everyone on a road trip uncomfortable? It’s the long miles, sitting in a car for long hours, and boredom. Fortunately, there are quite a few things that you can do about it.
Here are 7 practical ways to have an enjoyable trip:
1. Promise entertainment.
The best way to create some excitement about the trip is to figure out the entertainment the day before you leave. While there is always I Spy, License Plate Game, and 20 Questions, many children nowadays are too sophisticated to stay engaged for more than
2. Get organized
Once you’ve resolved the issue about how to make the trip enjoyable, the next thing you need to do is to take some practical action.
Here are 8 things that you should do to prepare a comfortable trip:
- If your child still has a car seat, make sure it’s properly installed.
- Pack plenty of bottles or containers of water.
- Charge up your phones and take a phone charger.
- Check to see if your roadside assistance plan has not expired.
- Carry a first aid kit.
- Take car safety equipment like a flashlight, jumper cables, a toolkit, car jacks, etc.
- Confirm all motel reservations.
- Get your car serviced ahead of time.
3. Decide what to eat.
Will you be stopping off at places to eat on the way? If so, figure out the towns you’ll be driving through and when to stop for your meals. If not, decide what meals you should prepare the night before. Also, as backup, you need snacks and drinks.
Here are some snack ideas:
- · Pretzels, chips, and pop-corn.
- · Granola bars
- · Yogurt tubs
- · Dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.
- · String cheese.
Since things can get messy, take insulated bags, too.
4. Sleep and rest the day before.
Everyone should get a good night’s rest. The driver(s) can’t afford to feel sleep deprived, as this can result in unsafe driving. Others who are sleep deprived tend to get easily irritated by the smallest inconveniences.
5. Avoid the packed sardine effect.
If you have a large family and a small car, you’re asking for trouble, especially when driving in the summer. The best solution is to rent a minivan. Everyone will be comfortable and the trip will be far more enjoyable.
6. Pack sensibly.
It’s not enough just to remember to pack everything. Also, pack in a way that is easy to access the things you need when you need them. For instance, you’ll need easy access to hats and jackets and mosquito repellents. In a motel, you’ll need toiletries and overnight clothes. So instead of several large cases, think about smaller bags for the things that you need to access quickly.
7. Find places to stop along the way.
One reason why a road trip can be stressful is because of insufficient rest stops when everyone can get out, stretch, and walk around a little. The way to figure out where to stop is to download an app to help you find good places to stop.
Here are three apps with excellent reputations:
- Roadside America
- iExit (Information about gas stations with bathrooms next to highway exits)
Turning a Road trip into a Family Adventure
By preparing well ahead of time to cover all possible sources of anxiety and discomfort, a road trip can become a memorable experience.
Staff Writer; Bobby Adams