Planning A Family Road Trip? Use This Checklist!

Planning A Family Road Trip? Use This Checklist!
02 Feb 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic means that many of us have had to cancel holidays or postpone any form of travel. However, that does not mean that you cannot start planning your next vacation – whether that means writing down a list of must-visit locations or starting to prep for a family road trip. In fact, this gives you plenty to look forward to and is a great way to spend your time.

However, good road trips require a lot of planning. You have to ensure you have everything you need on hand to ensure it is a good experience for all involved.

With that in mind, here is a useful checklist you can use when getting ready for your next road trip!

• Plan your route. When you get behind the wheel, you must know exactly where you are going, or at least have an end destination in mind. Planning your route effectively can save you both time and money and make navigating the roads much easier.

• Write down a list of all of the places you want to see. Keep this list on you so that you don’t miss anything out when you make pit stops!

• Make sure your car is ready for the trip. Before you set out, you should ensure that your car is in good working order. This reduces the chance of you getting involved in an accident or breaking down in an unfamiliar area.

• Give your car a makeover. For example, if you are a family of cyclists who want to spend some of your time on your bikes, you can add a bike rack to your car and bring them along for the ride! Various companies online, such as TCS upfitting, can provide you with Car and Truck Accessories & Installation for a reasonable price.

• Pull together some emergency supplies. You never know what you may run into when traveling long distances, so it is important that you are prepared for every situation at hand. One way in which you can do this is by putting together some emergency supplies and storing them in your boot. This should include A first aid kit, bottled water, dry snacks, extra blankets, and medication.

• Ensure that you have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand. During the trip, you’ll probably hear your kids complain about being hungry or thirsty thousands of times – and this will typically occur when you’re miles out from civilization or any rest stops. Cut their complaints short by having a range of food and drink on hand. You may also want to bring along ice packs and coolers to stop your drinks from getting too warm.

• Find new and inventive ways to keep your kids entertained. As you are moving in between destinations, the biggest issue you will have to tackle is boredom. Therefore, you should ensure that you have plenty of activities lined up for your children to get involved in – bring along a tablet, download their favorite movies and series, and bring a lot of arts and crafts supplies to add a bit of sparkle to the journey!

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, travel and food writer, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, and social media strategist. Craig likes to travel, go camping, go on road trips, watch movies, build stuff, operate the grill, and sing with his band. Craig is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space.

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