How to prepare for a road trip with your family. Ah, the holidays are here – and that means it’s a perfect time for a family road trip. While the memories that are made on family holidays can last a lifetime, it’s important to ensure that you’re prepared for your journey.
Getting your car in order
First, you’ll need to make sure your family car is working well before you leave the house. You should make sure it’s not scheduled for any regular tune-ups, check the oil, and see if any warning lights are on. If you’re concerned about anything, take it in to the mechanic for a basic checkup. It is better to be safe than sorry: you definitely don’t want to be stuck in the car, miles away from anywhere, and have something go wrong, especially if it could have been easily prevented!
If you have a new car, you might not be as familiar with all the features and capabilities as you would like. It would be wise to devote some time before the trip reading the manual and thinking about what features you might need to use before you go (like the windshield wipers, audio system, Bluetooth, or satnav). This preparation will make the actual trip much less stressful.
Speaking of the satnav: make sure that you’re confident in how to use it before you leave the house! If you can, plan your basic journey beforehand and preload the maps to your destination. Think about how long your journey should take, if there will be any possible complications or detours, and also plan whereabouts you will stop for lunch or any other breaks – depending on your destination, you may have miles of open road between one town and the next, so it’s important to be prepared.
Take a break
If you’re planning a longer trip, look at the route beforehand and think about if you want to stop along the way at any attractions or museums. Another idea for a nice break from driving is to stop at a playground so that the kids can stretch their legs and let off some steam. Playground Finder is a great resource, easily allowing parents to find playgrounds wherever they’re travelling around Australia, and read reviews and see pictures of them before they make their choice.
Other things to bring
Always carry some food and drinks in the car. This will save money (as you won’t have to buy as much on your journey) and hassle, and it can be a much healthier option.
Make sure that your car has an emergency kit containing things like a torch, blankets, a first aid kit, and any tools that you think you might need.
Entertainment is another important consideration. Perhaps a portable DVD player, iPods, or other electronic devices would be a good idea for your family. If so, make sure to bring the chargers as well, and enough DVDs and games to last the trip.
If you follow these steps, your road trip with your family will be even more fun!
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