At least 100 million Americans plans to embark on a vacation this year with their families, and over 53 percent of them are expected to stay in the country and drive across states for an epic spring or summer road trip adventure.
This was revealed by a a recent travel survey about the travel behavior in the US today. Since the trend in family road trips continues to be on the rise, it is very important to make sure that everyone will remain safe while traveling.
You also need to exert more efforts to keep everyone happy while on the road. So here are several tips to have an epic road trip adventure.
1. Check If Your Car Is Road Trip-Worthy
Your car can make or break your planned family getaway, so you need to have it evaluated by a credible mechanic before your scheduled trip. No one wants to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with a broken vehicle, so ask your mechanic to change your oil and refill all fuels for a safe trip.
You also need to check the tire pressure before starting your long drive. Whether you’re embarking on a family adventure, or going solo, a check-up is always a good idea before embarking on a road trip. If you have any doubt about your car, RV or motorcycle being up to the job, look into alternative options: it will be worth the investment in the long run.
2. Bring Necessary Supplies
Make sure that everyone will be comfortable during your road trip by stocking everything that you will need on the road.
The essential items that you should never leave home without include car-friendly snacks, drinks in spill-proof bottles, blankets and pillows, rolls of toilet paper, extra clothes, and a map of your destination in case your GPS doesn’t function properly.
You also need to check if your first aid kit has everything that you need to treat minor injuries. Also, you must always bring an emergency car kit for small road mishaps.
It may also be wise to bring other items that could keep your road trip companions entertained before reaching your destination. If you have young children inside the car, you should pack their favorite toys so they won’t get bored easily during the long trip.
Older kids may enjoy reading a book while seated inside the car. If you want a happy vibe while cruising the highways, you can play your favorite music inside your vehicle, and belt out all the songs with the rest of the family.
3. Always Have A Plan B
Sometimes, even the best travel plans fail while you’re on the road. If this happens, you just have to learn to accept the situation and make the most out of it.
So keep an open mind for other options if the accommodation that you’re aiming for is already fully booked, or if the local food item that you’re looking forward to eating is already sold out. Who knows, your second choice might give you better satisfaction.
Remember, most memorable events happen spontaneously. No matter how you meticulously planned for your family’s upcoming road trip, you have to expect that some things will not work according to plan.
But as long as you know how to have fun and enjoy the company of your loved ones, your scheduled getaway will still be remembered by the family for a long time.