If you’ve been wanting to take a road trip through the UK, you’re probably aiming for it to be a resounding success. But what makes a road trip successful? If you’re taking kids, that probably means less whining, and more enjoyment. It also probably means being prepared and taking time out to enjoy the experience.
Here are some tips to help you ensure your next road trip is a success:
Buy a Van
If you like the idea of being able to take off with the family whenever you choose, and you don’t like the idea of paying inflated hire fees around holidays and long weekends, buying a van could be the perfect solution. You may be surprised to know that buying a van can be a surprisingly affordable way to make sure you can always travel whenever you want, without having to head to the airport or book pricey accommodation. Check out Van Monster for the best vans available.
It’s important that you’re prepared whenever you go on holiday, but especially when you go on a road trip. Take a tool kit with a tire iron, reflectors and flares, a fire extinguisher a first-aid kit and bottled water at the very least. If you or one of the kids has any allergies consider getting an epi-pen, and take extra medication- keeping it in different places so if a bag goes missing you’ll still have everything you need.
Whether you’re taking kids or traveling with adults, road trips are just more fun with yummy snacks. When it comes to the kids, this can make or break a trip- since keeping blood sugar levels stable can ensure fewer tantrums and less whining. Take high-protein, low-sugar foods like cheese sticks, natural juice boxes, peanut butter sandwiches, nuts, and chocolate milk to keep everyone happy.
Overpacking can be easy, especially if you have a van. It can be tempting to pack a bunch of stuff “just in case” but try to confine everyone to one back each. Using backpacks or duffle bags is a good idea since these are soft and easier to store. Remember, anything you forget can usually be bought on the road, especially if you’re only traveling through the UK or Europe.
Don’t over plan
While it’s good to be prepared, doing too much research can take some of the fun and spontaneity out of your trip. The best part about road trips are the fact that you don’t have to stick to a tight schedule, so while you can always look up potential rest stops in advance, try to avoid spending hours researching every day.
Take some music
Once you’ve gone through your favourite road trip games, it’s always nice to put on some music. Make a playlist before you leave, and allow everyone who will be travelling to add 10 songs. Put the playlist on shuffle so you’re not stuck with a particular genre for an hour, and you’ll have plenty of songs to sing along to.
Planning a road trip? Be sure to check out the infographic below which is an interesting look at vehicle manufacturers and the European football leagues.