We’ve been taking more and more road trips both in the United States and in Europe. They are great for week long trips and quick weekend getaways. Road trips can also be a relatively inexpensive way to travel compared to purchasing plane or train tickets for a family. But in order to squeeze every penny out of your travel budget, it’s best to plan ahead. That way you can pack smart to save money, time and sanity. Clean out the junk, pack snacks and don’t forget the map!
Road tripping is not only a fun way for families to travel, but it also allows us to see places that we might have otherwise only seen from the air. Take advantage of interesting stops along the way, play games with the kids and enjoy the extra time together as a family. To help you plan for your next adventure on the road, we’ve put together 8 simple tips to get you started.
Plan Road Trip with 8 Simple Tips:
1. Clean out the junk: Before heading out on a road trip; clear out the trash, extra toys and junk from the trunk and backseat. Not only will it make fitting in your travel gear easier, you’ll save money by not weighing down your vehicle with with unnecessary stuff!
2. Give the car a check-up: Make sure your tires have correct pressure, filters have been changed, and fluids are topped off. A well maintained vehicle can help stretch a few more miles out of that tank of gas. While you’re at it, grab a bucket of soap and water to start your trip off squeaky clean.
3. Pack drinks and snacks: Purchase bottled water, juice boxes, or sodas at the grocery store. Keep a cooler handy for a few drinks during the trip and the rest can stay in the back to swap out later.
Bring snacks that are easy to munch on such as pretzels or carrot sticks to keep the driver and passengers happy. Also, consider packing a few special treats for the kids if they start getting moody. My kids rarely get fruit snacks, so getting that special snack sure puts a smile on their faces!