Traveling and spending time with your loved ones is super important in today’s day and age. With the holiday season coming up, and Covid restrictions still eminent, what better way to do both than with a family road trip! Traveling with your family is no easy feat, but with the right tips and tricks, anything is possible.
If you’re planning a road trip from California or Nevada in the near future and want to make sure you have everything you need, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s everything you need to know to make sure your next family road trip is a success.
Before you embark on your road trip, you need to make sure that you and your family stay safe. This means that you need to be packed and prepared, locked and loaded for any situation. Make sure you have your first aid kit stocked and on hand and make sure you know how to use it!
Have emergency supplies for your car and your travels packed and don’t forget the extra batteries! Make sure to have all your important documents with you and to follow the Covid regulations. Be sure to obey the law, keep your eyes on the road, and drive safely.
Check and service your car
Before you head off on your journey, you need to make sure your vehicle of choice is in tip-top shape. An unserviced car can at the very least, leave you stranded on the road, and at the very worst, result in an accident. Road safety is very important, as anything can happen on those long drives.
Those at Sam & Ash, LLP recommend having an experienced attorney on your side when it comes to accidents on the road, whether they’re your fault or not. An attorney on hand is a great backup plan to make sure an accident doesn’t ruin your family road trip!
Pack lots of snacks and liquids
Spending long hours on the road can be trying for anyone, especially for young kids. Before you head off, remember to stock up on enough snacks and drinks. Staying hydrated is important, so remember to pack more water than soda, coffee, and alcohol. Hit up your local grocery store and stock up before the trip.
Appeasing the kids with junk food sounds like a good idea, but remember to think about their health! Find a nice middle ground between tasty, healthy, and filling snacks and you’re good to go. The way to a happy family’s road trip is always through the stomach!
Make a list and check it twice
There’s no dread quite like reaching your destination after a long trip, only to realize you’ve forgotten something. Forgetting things can be inconvenient and downright dangerous when going on a road trip, so it’s important to make a packing list for starters.
Make a list well in advance of everything your family needs on the trip. From medication to phone chargers, everyone’s essentials need to be on the list. Once the list is sorted, start checking things off, and if you can, set them aside until the trip for packing. Before you head off, make sure to check and double-check your list, and you should be good to go!
Remember to have fun
At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember when preparing for a road trip with your family is to have fun. Going on a road trip is a way for you to connect with and bond with your family while you experience new places and things. While traveling with your family, when the going gets tough, the tough need to exercise patience.
Avoid any heated topics and try to be understanding with each other while driving. Before you leave, make sure your older kids have downloaded their preferred music, apps, or brought their books to read. Depending on your family, try some road games or create a family playlist or podcast selection. Set a realistic driving schedule and make sure to take breaks frequently, your destination is not going anywhere!
So there you have it! Now you’re all set and ready to embark on your next family road trip in style! Before you leave, think about the safety of your family and make sure to pack all the necessary equipment. Check and service your car before you leave, and remember to have spares. Prepare for the worst outcome, to enjoy the best one when preparing for a road trip!
Remember to pack lots of snacks and liquids to keep everyone hydrated and happy. Don’t forget to check and double-check that list before you leave, and remember to have fun! A successful family road trip is all about compromise, teamwork, and understanding. With that in mind, happy travels and drive safe!
Alex Grogoyan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in popular platforms such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.