The ultimate tips, tricks, and other hints that will save lives.
As everyone knows, the holiday doesn’t begin when you get to your destination. It starts in the car. You know, that metal box you squeeze your loved 1s and about 1000 things that you may or may not need into for hours on end. It’s fondly called a ‘family road-trip’ and it has the potential to make or break a family vacation.
What you need, is a family road-trip survival guide filled with helpful tips that will help ensure that your trip is more family bonding and less family war.
Start with a clean slate.
If you get into the car with angry vibes and don’t resolve them, it will only get worse. Not only can these vibes ruin the mood and spoil the whole trip for everyone, it can also distract the driver. This means that your little tiff could cause an accident.
#TopRoadTripTip Call a family meeting to clear the air, kiss, and make up.
Plan out well-deserved stops.
You need to refuel, so why not stop somewhere nice so you can enjoy a view, buy some tasty padstal treats, and stretch your legs. You can either prepare by searching the Internet for pleasant stops along your route or you can be spontaneous and stop wherever looks safe and pretty enough to bring out the sarmies.
#TopRoadTripTip Get the kids to race between trees and chairs (away from the road) and award the winners with a treat, like choosing the next audio book, music, etc.
Put a stop to “I’m booorrrrreeeeed…”
That statement is like fingernails down a mental chalkboard. And it’s not just the words… It’s the way it sounds exactly like a deflating balloon. To prevent this soul-destroying phrase, you need to be prepared. For starters, you could bring gadgets, like a portable DVD player or an e-reader. Just don’t forget the chargers! You can also plan some screen-free time with classic travel games, like the license plate game.
#TopRoadTripTip You also need some peace and quiet, so bring activities the kids can play on their own, like colouring in books and BrainQuest cards, which teaches fun, educational facts.
It’s all about the padkos.
Padkos cuts down on costs and stops. The trick is to pack both naughty and healthy options, like raisins, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, a few biscuits, and chippies. Don’t forget water bottles and juices boxes!
#TopRoadTripTip Give everyone their own snack pack so that the kids don’t need to bother you for food and juice every 5 minutes. It’ll also prevent squabbling in the backseat.
Clever hacks to support a safe trip
There are quite a few helpful tips that will give your family road-trip the smooth advantage. For instance, you could install a toddler rear-view safety mirror so you can keep an eye on the backseat and avoid turning your neck. This is especially helpful if you tend to get carsick.
You also need to prepare the little accidents that could happen, especially for the little 1s. That’s why it’s wise to have a spare change of clothes for each kid and a fully stocked first-aid kit. And while you’re preparing for a fuss-free tip, you should also make sure to pack a muslin cloth. This tip could be a life-saver! There are times during the day when the sun hits the backseat, most likely when the kids are asleep, which is when you can hook the cloth around the window and shade their little faces.
#TopRoadTripTip Some insurers, like King Price, include emergency assist services with their royal comprehensive car insurance. Chat to the king about getting comprehensive car cover before your road-trip, so that you can give your car and your family the best care.