Summer Family Road Trip Prep: What You Need To Know


The summer break is the perfect time to enjoy a road trip with your family. While getting to the final destination is great, it’s the journey itself that can help bring a lot of memories and a chance for you and your family to bond. But the picture-perfect road trip isn’t always reality. Road trips can go horribly wrong if you don’t put a good plan in place first. 

To make sure you’ve done everything you need to do for your summer road trip, take a look at these planning essentials. 

Make sure your vehicle’s up to it

When was the last time your car had a service?

It’s important that you get your car maintained before you begin any long journeys. Making those basic safety checks on your car can make sure you spot any minor problems before they become bigger ones.

If your car isn’t quite up to a long journey, you might want to consider renting a car instead – the bigger, the better to ensure a comfortable ride for everyone.

Plan your itinerary and budget

Planning your itinerary and budget is one of the most important parts of getting ready for your road trip.

When the family is involved, it’s better to plan in advance and book your accommodation and decide where you’re stopping to help your trip go smoothly.

You can get some great ideas for vacation spots for tweens if you’re struggling for some inspiration on where to go. Use an online road trip planner to help you plan out your itinerary so that you can focus on everything else that needs doing.

Put a safety plan in place

While the chances of having an accident are unlikely, it’s always better to be prepared.

Having a safety plan in place is important so that you know what to do and who to call if an accident should happen to you.

Having a safety kit in the car will help you to cover any first aid that’s required, while having jump leads, spare tires and some warm, weatherproof clothing are also good to have for an emergency.

You should also be prepared for what to do after a car accident if it’s your fault.

It’s not something that you would be expecting to happen, but sometimes a freak incident could make an accident your fault. Knowing where to get advice and having your insurance and legal contacts to hand will help you stay calm so that you can take action straight away.

Your summer road trip can help you create some special memories with the family.

Being prepared and having a plan in place can take some of the stress off the organizing and allow you to really enjoy your trip. With your route all planned out and the trunk loaded up, all you need now is the perfect road trip playlist!

Who knows, if all goes well, a summer road trip can become an annual tradition for you and your family that you’ll all look forward to every summer.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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