If the summer solstice has you itching for a family vacation, you’re not alone. The warm air, bright sunshine, and carefree attitude of summer has this effect on most people. If you’re regretting not planning a family vacation before now, stop worrying. Then use these ideas to get you and the family packed up for a last-minute road trip.
Start with the road trip essentials: food and entertainment. Planning ahead and bringing a cooler of snacks and drinks will keep the family fed and happy along the way and prevent you from having to spend more than necessary with drive-thru and convenience store trips. Though no road trip is complete without a couple of bags of beef jerky and drive-thru dinners, you can keep everyone appeased during long stretches. Plus, you’ll guarantee your family is eating a little healthier if you bring the snacks.
Long trips on the road can get tiresome quickly, especially for kids. Be sure to bring plenty of ways to keep them occupied between stops. Trivia, word games, crossword puzzles, books-on-tape, and cards are all great ways to keep everyone entertained without taking much room at all. If you have a DVD player installed in your car or a portable one, movies are a great way to pass the time. You can also use a smartphone for games, movies, and shows. Just don’t forget your car charger!
Since this is a last-minute road trip, you probably won’t have much time to reserve hotel rooms for the nights. While you can do your best to get hotels while on the road, you should also consider packing camping gear just in case. Camping opens up a ton of options of where you can sleep for the night and will save you tons of money. Plus, you might even see a part of the country you wouldn’t have if you confined you and the family to city limits. A tent ensures that you can find somewhere to sleep no matter where you are.
Throw a couple of pieces of athletic equipment in the car to pass the time during stops and help your kids release energy. They may sleep more during the drive and give you some peace and quiet if you let them play a game of soccer or Frisbee at rest stops. Sports gear will also be a great way to occupy the family if you do any camping.
Pack clothes that will keep everyone comfortable for any summer weather you might experience and you’re ready to go.
It doesn’t take long to execute the perfect summer road trip for the whole family. The summer has barely started and there is a country waiting. Even if you live in Los Angeles and want to plan a road trip to Boston for the family, with these packing ideas, you’ll be ready by tomorrow. While of course you’ll want to do a little planning ahead, the adventure will bring you closer as a family and keep things interesting!