Driving trips with the family can be a lot of fun, not only is the excitement of going on vacation a great joy, but getting there can also definitely be a part of the memory making experience and many times the drive can be as much fun as the vacation itself.
However, the point of a driving trip with the family is getting to the final destination and not spending the entire time in the car, so implementing time saving and sanity tips when on a road trip with the family is imperative.
Here you will find 5 time saving and sanity tips to make the family road trip easier with the kids.
Pack Meals in a Cooler
Packing a cooler with easy meals such as: sandwiches, chips and drinks will really save time and make multiple stops for meals not a necessity. Stopping for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks can really take up time and also cut into the budget immensely. Save lots of time and money by packing food that can easily be eaten in the car.
Designated Washroom Breaks
When traveling with kids in the car, there will invariably be unexpected times when you have to stop so the kids can use the washroom. However, having a planned schedule when you will stop for washroom breaks, such as every 3 hours or whatever amount of time you choose will help in saving time traveling. Having kids, especially multiple kids in the car can make washroom breaks numerous and sporadic. Having the kids use the washroom at the same time and knowing the schedule of the washroom breaks will alleviate a lot of wasted time and will be less stressful in the car.
Wait to Refill Gas Tank
Waiting to refill the gas tank until it is low will save lots of time, although not too low as you do not want to run out of gas and get stranded. Going through a whole tank of gas and then getting the tank refilled will help in reducing the amount of stops while driving. If you stop to refill at a half tank or quarter tank, it means more time wasted pulling off the road and getting gas in the car.
Although it can be physically difficult and mentally tiring, driving the overnight hours is an excellent way to avoid traffic. Most times, kids are sleeping at the late evening hours so the car tends to be more peaceful at that time and driving more relaxing.
Prepare a Bag of Activities
Keeping the kids busy and happy in the car will be beneficial for everyone on the road trip. Preparing a bag with coloring books, crayons, puzzles and other small games will keep the kids occupied and quiet for small periods of time. Focusing on the road and not the kids will help with time and sanity issues.