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Preparing For a Family Road Trip

A day out excursion, weekends away or holidays with the children holidays with the children is always great fun, but, the excitement wears off.

Holidays with the children are always great fun and a chance to relax and unwind. However, without a little pre-planning, parents may find that it’s not only the car which breaks down, but their patience!

Trip essentials

To make sure your trip passes without a hitch, make sure that these must-have items are within easy reach.

  • A first aid kit, complete with plasters, necessary medicines, antiseptic cream, tweezers, and tissues or wipes
  • Plastic bags for rubbish
  • A selection of toys suitable for playing with in the car – dole them out one at a time to keep you child interested
  • Large towel or two on the backseat to catch crumbs and other messes
  • Bottled water

Family road trips can be great fun but without careful planning they can also drive you over the edge. Cramming restless children, stressed adults, luggage and even the family pet into a car for a long drive may be your idea of an adventure, but for the less courageous, some smart thinking before you set off could save you a lot of problems in the journey ahead.

Useful tips:

  • Don’t expect to arrive on time. If you have kids, add time onto the journey for toilet and play breaks
  • Travel during sleepy time. Many parents prefer travelling during the early morning, naptime or evening when children are sleeping
  • Driving to the sounds of snoring (rather than screaming!) children has its advantages, but always stop if you are tired, even if it does mean that you arrive a little later
  • Create special travel bags for each child for the trip containing games, toys and other fun stuff to make the journey easier
  • Audio books are fun to listen to, and they keep even the youngest kids entertained. Another benefit of audio books is that you can listen to them while looking out the window – good for kids prone to car sickness. Save money by checking out audio books from your local library.
  • There are loads of family car games that can keep kids of all ages entertained – pick your favourites and watch the time fly by!

Other things to remember

  • Eat healthy snacks. Fruit, raisins, granola squares and baby carrots are great for car munchies. And remember to bring plenty of water.
  • Car sickness is miserable for people of all ages. Prevent car sickness by looking out the windows, preferably at a distant point in front of the car, keeping the car cool, avoiding greasy food and not driving curvy roads like it’s the Grand Prix.
  • Make sure your car is clean and ready to go. It may seem pointless when it is sure to be trashed within minutes of your departure, but setting off in a clean, uncluttered car will give you a good start to your trip.

Last but not least, safety. Make sure that seat belts are in good working order and that your loved ones are strapped in. Remember, it is the law that seat belts are used both in the front and back of vehicles.

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