Five really simple family road trip tips that will keep you sane and ensure an enjoyable trip.
I don’t travel as much as I would like to. But when I do, I try my best to plan and get everything ready as much as possible to ensure a smooth travel experience, not only for me but for whoever it is I am traveling with, which in most cases it’s my family.
Most recently, we took a road trip from South Florida to Universal Studios in Orlando to enjoy a fun family weekend at the #FamilyForward event. It was a weekend filled with fun, new friends and wonderful experiences. But first, we had to get there.
Driving long ways with kids is always a challenge. Because of that I want to share with you these 5 simple tips that will ensure a smooth and enjoyable road trip.
This is obvious. Right? Well, let me tell you. It is not so obvious for everyone. My husband is one of those people that would leave everything for the last minute. He is the type that knows he will be traveling weeks in advance, but still waits for the morning of to pack his luggage. Seriously. However, I am a planner and in true planner fashion, I make sure to list everything we would all need for the entire trip and start packing two to three days in advance.
Packing ahead of time ensures that you don’t forget anything important and also that you have everything you’d need for your trip.
Create a music playlist
We love music! But, the music I enjoy is not necessarily the ones my kids would want to listen to. So, we sit down as a family and help put together a playlist of songs we enjoy. It is much more fun to listen and sing along to full list of songs you’ve created together.
Bring extra snacks
Road trips make people hungry and buying food at rest stops can become very expensive. So, make sure to pack extra snacks to have on the way there and on the way back.
Make multiple stops
My kids do not enjoy being in a seat or confined area for more than 30 minutes. As you can image, this makes any type of traveling a bit challenging. I usually try to give them incentives like a candy or try playing a game to keep them relax for longer. But, I’ve found that making several stops along the way and letting them know when would be our next stop helps them cope with the long drive better. Plus, the anticipation of where we are going to stop next keeps them excited.
Drive a reliable car
For our trip to Orlando, we didn’t ride in our own car, which would have been fine. But for this particular trip, I am so happy I didn’t. Our friends over at DriveShop, had lend us the Mazda CX-5 2016 for a week and this is the car we drove up to Orlando.
The weekend we left for our trip there was a big hurricane coming into the North part of Florida from the West and as you can imagine the weather was not the best. There were strong sporadic rain storms all along our trip with very strong winds. This did not make for the best road trip driving experience. However, driving the Mazda CX-5 made me feel more at ease during the trip than if I had been driving my own car.
The Mazda CX-5 has a beautiful upscale and luxurious feel, and it is very spacious. We were able to accommodate all of our luggage for the trip in the rear cargo area, while the kids sat comfortably in the back passenger seats. But really the features that impressed me the most were its safety features like a rear back-up camera, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. These features were the ones that made me feel at easy when driving in the bad weather we encountered and helped ensure our safe arrival at our destination.
I love this car and so did my family!