After many months of working, saving up, and dreaming of spending more time with your family, the long wait is over- vacation time is finally here! Read more to find out everything you need to know in order to make the most out of your much-awaited family road trip!
- Be inclusive. Before deciding on anything, make sure to get the consensus of every family member! Set a family meeting and opinions as to which destination you should go. It’s also important that you disclose everything including your budget, so they understand if you can’t go to their suggested destinations. Including everyone as early as the planning stage will make them feel excited and not dragged along!
- Delegate tasks. Giving the family members tasks to do before, during, and after the trip will not only lighten your load, but make them feel more invested in the trip as well. You can set up “committees” for food, logistics, navigation, and even entertainment!
- Have your vehicle checked. The best time for you to have your vehicle checked is about a week from your trip- talk to your mechanic and have him assess your fluid levels, brakes, tires, and anything else that may cause problems. As they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
- Be flexible. It’s good to plan thoroughly, but don’t overdo it! Be serious with your safety measures and contingency plans, but don’t stress over the minute details such as the time and stopovers. Don’t rush and try to take in everything; being too uptight might suck the fun out of the trip. For all you know, a little bit of spontaneity and an open mind might give you interesting stories to tell and memories to keep!
Things to Prepare
- Food and water. If you’re going on a pretty long drive, it’s best to pack snacks for everyone to munch on. Bringing food and water may also help with lessening the expenses. On the other hand, in case of emergencies, you won’t have to worry about where to get provisions, too.
Tip: allow each family member to bring a snack of their choice in order to avoid arguments about sharing and hoarding!
- First aid kit. Pack medicine for every possible medical emergency that one may get during the trip- wounds, cuts, nausea, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, or even the flu! Make sure to take note of every family members’ medical concerns as well, most particularly allergies.
- Entertainment options. Awkward silences and boring landscapes are inevitable in any roadtrip- but you can lessen these moments by preparing games, playlists, and movies to watch! This is a good task to give to the kids; you may even get to know them more through their choice of games and music.
Most of the trip happens in the vehicle, so might as well bond while you’re on the way!
- Necessary documents. Never leave car documents, drivers’ licenses, IDs, and cards. These are very important especially in emergency situations (but sometimes, even in availing discounts!).
And that pretty much sums up the ins and outs of planning a family road trip. Now, it all boils down to one thing in order to make it the best ever: make sure to take care and enjoy!