Do you have a road trip on your bucket list? Whether you’re packing the kids in the car to head to Grandma’s house, exploring our national parks or making a beeline to your favorite beach, successful car trips require a fair amount of advanced planning to ensure their success. Consider this an opportunity to spend quality time, unplugged, with your family. You’ll be making memories that are sure to last a life time. Follow these recommendations from the travel professionals to kick start your next road trip.
The first steps are to plan a budget, identify your dates and destination. If you don’t trust the endurance of your car, consider renting a car for the trip large enough to accommodate the entire family and ample luggage. Otherwise be sure to have your car fully serviced prior to departure. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and have your tires serviced or replaced by the trusted folks at Tire Buyer. A break down leaving your family on the side of the road is a horrible way to start a road trip – especially when it can be avoided with a little advanced planning. Check washer fluids and ensure there’s a first aid kit for small mishaps that may happen along the way.
Whether you’re using a GPS system or an old fashioned paper map, map out your route prior to departure. Depending on the ages of your children, plan to leave at such a time to avoid the heavy traffic congestion surrounding major metropolitan areas. This may mean leaving in the middle of the night if your journey is an especially long one. Be sure to have two drivers and switch at least every two hours to avoid fatigue. Safety on the road should always be your first priority.
Load the luggage into the car or the roof rack the evening prior to departure to confirm sufficient space for all the bags and suitcases your family has assembled. Roof racks come in handy on longer trips. Finally, prior to your trip make a list of healthy snacks for the road. Avoid overly sugary drinks and snacks; opt for healthy fruit slices and chilled water instead. Enjoy your time making memories with your family that will last for years to come. Best of luck on your family road trip!