As a family, you are planning on taking your first road trip. A road trip provides an opportunity for quality family time. Besides giving everyone a chance to share their feelings about what’s going on in their lives, it’s a shared adventure. Here are some things to keep in mind so the trip is safe and memorable for all.

Plan Your Trip in Detail

Careful planning goes a long way when it comes to taking a road trip. Even if you’re a spontaneous type of person, it’s worth taking the time to do a little basic planning. Here are some things to consider:

  • Plan your route with different scenarios in mind such as unexpected traffic, the kids getting sick, etc.
  • Make sure everyone is comfortable with all of their items for the trip including car seats and any medications they need to take.
  • Ask for help from friends if anyone has experience driving long distances or has any advice.
  • Consider the amount of time you will be on the road and research places to take breaks that will interest your family.
  • Don’t forget to pack food, water, and gas, even if you plan on eating at diners along the way.

Prepare for Emergencies on Your Road Trip

It’s important to plan ahead for all roadside emergencies. This could include taking physical maps in case you can’t use your mobile phone or tablet for some reason to find the nearest auto shop should you need tire repair. Also, take your toolbox as you might be able to fix a few minor engine problems with just a screwdriver or wrench. If you don’t have a roadside assistance plan, now might be time to get signed up for one. If you do have one, then take your card and any documentation you need to call for help should your car break down.

Don’t Forget to Take the Essential Things

Some essentials to pack for an epic road trip with the family are a cooler, a first aid kit, food, water and snacks, emergency supplies, and lots of chargers.

Pack Plenty of Entertainment for the Kids

Kids love watching movies or playing games on long car rides. If you go camping, make sure your child’s sleeping bag is comfortable enough for a long journey.

The main benefit of taking a family road trip is that you will get to spend quality time with your loved ones without any distractions. You will spend quality time with your children while driving and they are likely to enjoy it more when you have their full attention.

By Erica Buteau

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