How to Survive a Family Road Trip
So it’s nearly Spring in BC, which means it’s the perfect time to start planning your summer road trip. We know that long drives with the kids in tow can throw up a number of challenges, which is why we have compiled a list of hot tricks and tips to get you prepared for a hassle-free journey!
Stock up on activities
You’ll want to have a full selection of coloring books, reading books, pens, pencils, card games and more! Depending on the age of the child, these classic past-times are ideal for long road trips. Nobody likes being bored.
Brings snacks that can be easily distributed
We all know the pain of being hungry while stuck in a hot, stuffy car. That’s why preparing a selection of healthy snacks (mixed in with a couple of treats) is necessary for putting all family members at ease. Snacks could include raisins, bananas, cucumber and carrot sticks with hummus, crackers and cheese slices, crisps, cartons of juice etc. Make sure you get enough supplies for everyone, so that there is no fighting over who is having the last packet of sweets!
Charge all devices & bring portable chargers
There’s nothing like packing all your mobile reading devices, games electronics and ipods to then discover half an hour into your trip that they all have a dead battery! Make sure everything is fully charged before starting your journey. If you’re having an especially long drive, then bringing a portable charger is extremely useful – this way you can re-boot those dead batteries on the go!
Earphones are imperative
To avoid arguing over which radio station to listen to next, or whose ipod is going to be plugged in next, make sure everyone in the car has a set of earphones or headphones! That way if members of the family want to play video games or watch DVDs on their portable DVD player, they can do so without bothering anyone else. This is an easy way to avoid many arguments over noise levels in the car!
Comfy clothes & blankets
Thick blankets and fluffy socks are must-haves for making the journey as comfortable as possible. Even if its hot outside, air-conditioning will make the car cool – so don’t forget to throw in a couple of cozy jumpers!
Split up the journey by stopping for bathroom breaks, photo opportunities or picnics! No one likes to sit in the car for 6 hours straight, and the fresh air will do everyone good. Check out your drive route before heading out and plan the relevant stops along the way.
What are your favourite ways to keep everyone happy on a family road trip? How many times do the kid’s ask ‘Are we nearly there yet?’? Tell us in the comments below! If you’re thinking of planning a trip to La Casa this summer, check out our previous blog posts on Othello Tunnels, or Okanagan Mountain Park . Perhaps you can pop one of these destinations into your journey or itinerary for your visit to the Okanagan?
If you would like more information on booking a cottage with us this summer, please contact our reservations line on 1-888-226-5566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org where we will be more than happy to assist you!
Written by Hannah Poaros