If all family road trips share one thing in common, it’s that they can be very long and drawn out. While there may not be much you can do to shorten the distance of your trip, there are steps you can take to make the trip go by more smoothly. Here are the top pieces of advice for helping your family road trip go by more smoothly:
1. Have The Food Delivered To Your Hotel:
After a long drive, the first thing you’ll probably want to do is just crash in your hotel and get some badly needed rest. Going out to get a bite to eat might be the last thing your kids can handle. Have food delivered to your hotel, assuming the hotel doesn’t offer food itself. There are a number of apps and restaurants that will allow you to do so. If you order the food before you actually arrive, you’ll have a shorter waiting time too.
2. Anticipate Traffic:
Plan your route ahead of time and anticipate where you expect the worst traffic to be so you can avoid them and make your trip shorter. For example, a bridge on the afternoon of a holiday weekend is a place where you can expect traffic to possible get congested. Even if the bridge in this scenario is technically the short cut, if you anticipate traffic to be bad, you can search for another route to take instead.
3. Bring Snacks and Drinks:
Other than heavy traffic, is there anything that slows down a road trip as much as taking multiple stops? While you will have to stop at regular intervals in order to refuel, there’s really no need to stop to eat so long as you bring snack and drinks with you instead. What’s more, that snacks can be bought in bulk packages and then divided into servings. Even better, that’s a job the kids can do and it will keep them busy!
4. Don’t Share All Your Activities At Once:
Kids can easily get bored, which is why you need to have ways to keep them entertained during the duration of your trip with fun activities and other surprises. Examples of what you can do to keep your kids happy include games on tablets, toys, or treats. Just don’t make the mistake of revealing everything all at once, or else they’ll get bored and restless more quickly.
5. Enjoy family time:
A road trip is simply a perfect time for a good family conversation, and talking amongst one another or even playing games like 20 Questions will make the trip go by much more quickly.
This is a MomAboard partner post.