Whilst flying can often be a much cheaper and more convenient option than driving, today, particularly as budget airlines (booked in advance) are able to transport you and your family in a fraction of the time it would take to drive, and perhaps even at a fraction of the cost if you were requiring a rental car.
That said, flying as a family can be somewhat hasslesome given the much tighter security regulations in place and there’s a certain independence, freedom and a sense of adventure that comes from taking a road trip.
However, family road trips are most certainly not without their challenges.
Indeed, there’s always going to be a challenge when people are crammed into a small space for hours on end, with little to do.
The list below provides five ways to cope with a road trip with the kids, but if you’re lucky enough to be heading out on a two wheel adventure then something to consider is shipping your motorbike out in advance so that you don’t need to spend hours and hours driving on the freeway just to get to the starting point. If you are considering this then you need to also consider how to secure your bike, and there are many different ways to make that work but a motorcycle stand is often best.
Anyway, as this article is predominantly about coping with a road trip with the kids, there’s a very strong chance you won’t be venturing off on a two wheel adventure, but in a car packed with modern technology. On that basis, here are five tips to help you cope with a road trip with the kids:
1. STOP OFF ALONG THE WAY
It can be a good idea to plan a route punctuated with some interesting stops along the way, particularly if you’re going on a long trip. This way you, as the driver, will have much more concentration for driving as you will feel more refreshed and less cramped.
Driving straight down the freeway might be the most efficient way to get to your destination, and whilst it can be tempting to push through the pain and get to where you’re going, it’s much safer and happier to break the journey up into more manageable chunks with regular stops.
2. KEEP YOUR CHILDREN ENTERTAINED
You’ll want to ensure your kids have plenty of engaging activities for the journey that don’t require too much adult participation – whether that’s watching a film on a fancy screen integrated into the headrest, or simply having a colouring book and some crayons.
3. KEEP THE ADULTS ENTERTAINED TOO
It’s equally important that the adults have something to keep them entertained too; for many people this can be as simple as really good playlist for the road.
4. EAT OFTEN
One of the best ways to avoid travel sickness is to eat little and often throughout the journey.
5. HAVE A GREAT SOUNDTRACK
A great Spotify playlist can make all the difference to a trip; as mentioned above.