Road trips can be both fun and hectic. That’s why it’s important to keep this road trip survival guide in mind. Whether you’re travelling across the country with the family or you’re simply taking a day drive, there are some important things to keep in mind.
According to the Travel Channel, snacks are always a must. Most parents hate stopping every five minutes so a large array of snack items can help to curb hunger and keep kids happy. Bring a small cooler of fresh fruit, as well as wet wipes, and be sure to have car-friendly snacks like beef jerky, trail mix, raisins, carrot sticks, and granola. Messy foods should be avoided as well as sugary foods that make kids hyperactive. Don’t forget water and juice too.
Gadgets make any trip enjoyable, especially on the dull stretches. However, it’s important to take some time away from the screens. Play “I Spy” or try to spot license plates from all 50 states if your kids get bored. Smartphones and other devices often cause passengers to miss out on important parts of the journey. Plus, they often lead to headaches and car sickness.
You should also pack light. Although it might sound counterintuitive, you want to avoid overcrowded driving. Models like the Mazda CX-9 are great for counteracting this problem, because it has up to 71.3 cu ft of space and seating for up to seven.
Plan your route carefully! Look for points of interest and landmarks to stop at on the way to your destination. Let kids pick a location to give them something to look forward to. If all 19else fails, be sure to stop at scenic overlooks and national parks that might be nearby.