Discover the benefits of a road trip and how planning for a successful trip in style will help make it pleasurable for the antsiest member of the family.
The weather is warm, we seem to be coming out on the other side of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, and the world is ready for a vacation. While airlines, Trailways, and even cruises are options for traveling, there is nothing that quite says summer vacation like a family road trip. And although the anticipation of arriving at your destination threatens to make some moments on the road unbearable, especially for the little ones, the memories made on road trips outweigh the constant complaints from anyone.
Creating lifelong memories on road trips is about more than bringing along a camera or hopping in a car. It takes planning to take road trip in style, and four tips to include in your plans are below.
1. Travel in comfort.
Everything about your road trip will be better if you are comfortable. That includes dressing comfortably and traveling in a comfortable vehicle. Your clothes should not be too tight; wear wrinkle-resistant fabric and comfortable shoes. Avoid clothes that tangle in the seat belt and restrict your movement in your seat. Dress in layers, with your top layer being a button-up sweater or zip-front sweatshirt so that you can add or remove it as the climates change.
As intimidating a traveling across the country seems, it can be a whole lot more fun simply by adding comfort. If you are going through multiple states, consider renting a recreational vehicle (RV). In addition to saving money on hotels for sleep and roadside food, RVs provide plenty of room to stretch out for comfort as well as sleeping options. You can find an RV mattress, portable kitchenware and entertainment systems, indoor heaters, and everything else to ensure that you are traveling in comfort.
2. Put together a playlist for the family.
If you all enjoy the same music, putting together a playlist for the family will be easy. However, if you have different tastes in music, get everyone’s favorite genres and songs ahead of time and put together a playlist for everyone to enjoy. Music drowns out the sound of road noise, puts people in a good mood, and creates the background for singalongs. In addition to music, make a list of family-friendly podcasts for your trip so that you can listen to them as you travel.
Some tips to creating a great playlist for the road are:
Select two genres of music and create a playlist for up to three hours. Then switch to two different genres.
Match your playlist to the terrain, i.e., play country music when driving through the west.
Pick your device for listening – Pandora, iTunes, iPod, etc.
Test out your playlist before leaving home.
3. Stop at must-see sights.
Breaking up your day and the monotony of the road with sightseeing adventures is a fantastic way to see the country while moving across it. That means getting out and walking around which is better than simply moving through states in a car. Therefore, do some google research for sights that you must see in the states you will be visiting. Plan for times in your schedule to get out of the car and enjoy different cities and towns. Go to museums, parks, or zoos. Make your road trip more than point A to point B. You don’t have to see them all while you are going, plan to stop at some on your way be home too. Also, talk to locals about the best spots to eat and have a great time.
4. Stock up on snacks.
Stocking up on healthy snacks before you hit the road will ensure unnecessary stops along the way. Snacks set the tone for road trips and give everyone traveling a good feeling. Remember to stock a small cooler with ice for drinks as well. Some healthy snacks that everyone will enjoy are:
- Trail mix
- Nuts and seeds
- Granola bars
- Protein bars and bites
- Fruit and veggie chips
- Fresh fruit juices
- Cheese and crackers
Creating lifelong memories on road trips is about more than bringing along a camera. It takes planning to pull off a successful road trip in style. These tips will help you make lifelong memories on your road trip