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4 Road Trip Tips for Families on Summer Vacations

Summer road trips are a classic way to enjoy time with the family. These trips often a time schedule on your own terms, with many interesting sights and experiences along the way. A bit of planning can help you to avoid unnecessary stress and speed your travels. Here are 4 tips to ensure your summer vacation on the road is an enjoyable one.

Plan for Frequent Stops Along Your Travel Route

If your destination is a significant distance from your home ground, you may be tempted to pack as many driving miles in a day as possible. However, this can often mean frayed nerves, fatigue and physical discomfort for everyone in the vehicle. A better idea is to plan frequent stops along the way to stretch your legs, make bathroom stops and allow children to play off a bit of energy. In this way, you are able to drive more comfortably, without the distress and complaining that frequently occurs.

Pack Your Tech Items Carefully

Technology has become an important entertainment medium, and it requires its own method of packing and planning. Ensure you pack the devices, as well as related charging cords for your trip. Watching movies and playing video games is a great way to keep kids entertained on road trips, so make sure you stream these items in advance. If you have USB chargers on board your vehicle, make sure you bring the cords to connect to your devices. Older vehicles may require adaptors to allow connection to electronic devices. Also bring a power storage device for use on the beach or around the pool.

Bring Along Important Contact Information

Having important phone numbers and other contact information with you on the road can be a time-saver and lifesaver if you encounter a problem during your trip. You should have health insurance information, car insurance information, your neighbor’s phone number, information on family members in your area, as well as your pet’s boarding facility number. You may also want to bring along a contact number for consulting with an auto accident lawyer if you’re involved in a mishap along your route.

Plan Activities for Every Member of Your Family

If you ensure that each member of the family’s likes and tastes are considered in your choice of attractions and activities, everyone will have something to look forward to, as you drive to your ultimate destination. Younger children and teens usually enjoy amusement parks. Adults may enjoy specialized museums, shopping and dining experiences. Sports activities are popular for all age groups. Or you may enjoy hiking, canoeing or other outdoor activities.

Summer road trips can be among the most memorable of family activities. If you plan your trip carefully, you will be ready for those unexpected inconveniences that can sometimes make car travel more difficult. These tips will help you to enjoy the experience more and be ready for any eventuality that arises.

Tim Esterdahl

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