If you’re thinking about your next family road trip, then you probably want to make it the best one yet. After all, we’ve been cooped up for an awfully long time now. Planning your next few trips can bring a little excitement into your lives and bring something to look forward to. So that you can start planning your next amazing family road trip in the UK, read on for some dos and don’ts.
Do Be Flexible With Screen Time Allowances
Although you might be strict at home with your screen time allowances, it could be a good idea to be a little more flexible on your road trip. Not wanting your kids to have their noses in a screen the whole way is admirable, but not always possible. If you have a number of kids of different ages and interests to pacify, then you’ll struggle to keep them all happy at once. Plus, there’s probably no film that your whole brood of kids will agree on. Don’t feel bad if you have to give your kids a tablet/phone each to keep them quiet.
Don’t Skimp On Space
Having plenty of space in the car is a good idea, however, it may not be possible with your current car. Maybe you could look into a rental, or if you’re due a new car, considering options like the Vauxhall Grandland X will help you to figure out what you need in a family car. Packing light can help you to keep some space free, too.
Do Buy More Snacks Than You Need
Snacks are a quick and easy way to please restless kids. Buy more than you think you need, but be mindful of messy snacks if you don’t want to have to deal with a messy, stained car afterwards.
Don’t Try To Rush The Journey
Why rush the journey? It’s part of the fun! Plan plenty of break times and a realistic driving schedule that suits everyone. Your kids will require more breaks than you. Stop for toilet breaks, and see if you can stop anywhere for some fresh air and a run around. This could help your kids to get a little more sleep when they get back into the car, too.
Do Pack The Essentials
Make sure you pack the essentials, just in case. Get a first aid kit complete with things like band aids, disinfectant, and hand sanitizer. Take spare clothes, a torch, chargers, and a bag to store trash away. Take anything that could make your lives easier.
Don’t Focus Solely On The Destination
Focusing solely on the destination you are going to arrive at will make for a boring road trip. It’s dull to travel on the motorway, even if it is more efficient. While country roads will make for a longer trip, you all have the potential to see some amazing scenery. Don’t skip it just to arrive at your destination sooner!
Where are you going on your road trip this year? Let us know in the comments!