Family Road Trip Tips
Summer is a great time to hit the road with your family to see some new sights, visit loved ones, or just get away for a bit. Traveling with little ones can be difficult, so here are some tips for easing stress and making it more enjoyable.
- Packing for a trip is a massive undertaking, especially when the whole family is going. To make it easier, make packing lists for each member of the family this way the kids can help gather their own belongings and have some say in the clothes they bring. The lists will also make repacking at the end of the trip easier and help to ensure nothing gets left behind. You can also store these lists on your computer for future trips!
- If you are planning to make any overnight stops on the way to your final destination, pack a small suitcase for the whole family with everything you need for that night and clothing for the next morning. This way you only have to bring one bag in, instead of everything you packed for the whole trip.
- Bring some plastic grocery bags along for trash and wet or dirty clothes. They’re also good incase someone gets carsick.
- Bring along pillows for car naps and comfort in hotels along the way.
- Pack a small cooler with drinks and snacks to keep kids happy and cut down on unnecessary stops.
- It’s a good idea to look at your planned route on a map to get an idea of when you may need to stop for bathroom breaks, meals, and even just stretching your legs. Be sure to combine gassing up with previous planned stops so you don’t have to keep stopping and starting.
- Does anyone in your family have asthma or allergies? Before you head out, run the AC in your vehicle with the windows open for about ten minutes. This will get rid of mold and dust mites.
- To keep kids busy in the backseat (and cut down on mess), get each of them a cheap metal cookie sheet. These make great lap desks and food trays. They’re also magnetic so kids can even learn with magnetic letters and numbers while on the road.
- If you plan to drive through the night to cut down on traffic and get to your destination faster glow sticks and book lights will make the trip a little more fun for the little people with you, as well as give them the ability to read or color at night without distracting the driver.
- Make sure all of your identification and vehicle paperwork is up to date- drivers license, registration, insurance, inspection, etc. You could be hit with a rather large ticket if you get pulled over in another state.
Family vacations are fun, but they can also be a lot of work. Make sure you’re prepared for your time on the road with the tips above. Also be sure your car is ready for the road with these tips.
Road trips are the perfect time to make sure your car is protected with a T3 Tracker. You don’t want to get halfway to your destination and then have your car stolen overnight. The T3 can give you peace of mind and ensure your trip goes smoothly.
TECH TIP: If a the vehicle has an existing alarm system, T3 can sense if it has been triggered and will send notification to the owner.