(Kristin & Del are guest bloggers from Our Ordinary Life.)
We love to take family trips together for many reasons. From flying to somewhere or driving a distance, just getting out of the house or away for some days is relaxing and exhilarating in my view. As a family, traveling and getting away from the daily home life is a great way for us to bond and enjoy each other’s company without the distractions. With the holidays coming up visiting family is sometimes only possible with a road trip.
We just got back from a fun weekend getaway here in Southern California. Its was not too far, but far enough to remind us we are not near home. While it was a shorter road trip of 2 and a half hours, it is still a journey for a family with small kids. While we have taken many road trips, we have also taken trips that have been more than 1000 miles just one way. One may think “why don’t you fly?” To be honest I love the freedom of the open road. We can stop to see things that many people don’t even know exist.
With short trips that are only a couple of hours to ones that can equate to 20 hours of driving, its best to be prepared for anything and everything. Making sure your car is maintained is important. But next is making sure your kids will be sound and their boredom maintained.
We usually plan for extended road trips by keeping 3 ideas in mind: food, entertainment, and comfort.
While it may seem simple to be prepared for a road trip, forgetting one of the ideas can cause headaches. With a car of kids, and hundreds or even thousands of miles ahead, hours can be just as long for us parents as it is for kids.
The other important part to this planning is having a positive attitude. Keep the stress to a minimal, plan accordingly and have a good time! Planning properly for long road trips is not just smart for the drive, but also for the pocket book. Make sure you have all the little things you may need away from home.
No matter where you go or what you do this holiday season, stay safe and enjoy it! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and safe travels for all!