Do you have food and drink prepared?
Often on road trips, the only places to stop are service stations and fast-food restaurants which can have long queues and unhealthy options. Plus, then your car gets covered in chip crumbs. Make sure you bring along snacks and enough water (with reusable drink bottles), or if you don’t have time, think about building in a stop or two to unwind at a local café or general store.
Have you got a contingency plan?
It’s always good to carry extras for those ‘just in case’ moments in a Survival Car Kit, such as:
- wet wipes
- nappies (if needed)
- toilet paper
- jumpers or coats
- bathers and towels
- First Aid kit
- extra water
- jumper leads
- a paper map
- phone charger
What is the car entertainment set up like?
Luckily, parents these days no longer need to undertake 16 rounds of spotting various number plates and yellow cars to keep children entertained for hours on end. Look into what you can do to make the trip more enjoyable – a tablet or two in the backseat with headphones; colouring; books; a great playlist of tunes or audio books; and interesting areas to look at along the way. Remember to plan ahead for this – download shows ahead of time on wifi to avoid excess data charges and inevitable drop out zones; and have chargers and/or back-up battery devices and extension cords easily accessible.
Is your road trip Covid-safe?
Unfortunately, the 'new normal' means being adequately prepared for health issues and last-minute changes. Ensure you are up to date with the latest Covid restrictions along your route, and that you have adequately prepared to be Covid-safe along your journey with masks, hand sanitiser, wet-wipes and the latest travel information.
Have you factored in stops along the way?
A long leg of driving with the kids can seem daunting even for the most eager of road trippers. If time allows, think about breaking up your trips with stops along the way that you’ve planned out in advance for eating, toilet breaks, stretching your legs and having a scenic tour. It’s a great way to support the local communities, learn about the area – and just might help you survive that road trip after all.
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