Summer is upon us and that means we have our first road trip in our sights! For an instant, I get a panicked feeling dreading the tantrums, fights, and mess that a family road trip means or meant :-). But being the cool, zen-seeking mom that I aim to be, I quickly regain my composure by checking off tips for a more relaxed road trip….lessons courtesy of hours on road trip unrest, and sometimes plain rebellion! These are my basic Chill Family Road Trip Tips to Maximize our family travel.
Basic Chill Family Road Trip Tips
Let’s get down to things you can do to get the best out of your time together:
1- Pack as light as you can: I know. Our families have a long list of items to take to make us feel comfortable or happy on the road. Be smart, know your family’s essential list and stick to that. Packing as light as you can, will save you time from trying to search for things, and give you less worry about losing or forgetting items on your way. I know we can’t part with a tablet, so it goes, but all the long list of fluffy pals what want to sneak in the trip are drastically cut.
2- Plan your stops and home base for your trip before leaving home: road trips will keep you busy, so do include some relaxing time to enjoy the hotel pool, take a nice nap, or read a book. Personally, I look for hotels that offer spacious suites with full kitchens, free wifi, complimentary hot breakfast with healthy options, free grocery delivery, pools and fitness centers. That pretty much covers my wish list for a happy family while at a hotel during our road trips.
3-Use your trip as a lesson: before you even leave brush up on the history of the destination as a family. Any geographical coolness you should know about anything en route or at your destination? Save some of that to spice up the destination once you are there. Sure the famous family lived in the house, are there ghosts? family secrets? Bring those out as you visit to keep the kids interested. Works wonders at museums too. Research and make a point to discover places that you can learn from. If you are going overseas, learn some words or phrases so you can practice and add to your vocabulary while visiting.
4- Eat local: Oranges in Florida, Peaches in Georgia, Hot Dogs in New York or Po Boys in New Orleans. This is not only a culinary lesson and experience but also a great memory that the entire family will never forget.
5- Keep the kids busy on the road: with the limited toys you brought, movies, or car games. Chances are this will cut down on the infamous question “Are we there yet” which keeps your sanity in check.
6- Perk up time! my kids usually start losing their energy and interest around 3pm. This is when we sit and have ice cream. Not sure if the sugar or the time to sit and relax does the trick, but right after the ice cream we are ready to keep exploring.
Well, here you have them, I hope these tips will help you maximize your trip and minimize any meltdowns! Want more tips? Jump in the conversation on May 19th with #TMOM!
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