Going on holiday with your family is always an experience in itself. There are a few issues that often occur throughout family road trips, that are unavoidable and have to be expected, but you’ll find that putting certain plans in place will help to ease the problems and make them easier to handle. Here’s a handful of tips to help you plan and prepare for a fantastic trip and survive the family holiday once you hit the road.
Choose a Fun Destination
It’s important to be able to compromise on a family holiday. Whilst the adults may want to visit national parks and museums, the little ones are more than likely only going to think about the exciting water parks and zoos that they can go and visit. Choosing a destination that has something to satisfy everyone is really going to help make sure that everyone has a good time and enjoys their holiday. Whilst it’s important to have a balance with your activities, you’ll be surprised how much fun you can have doing things that you normally might have passed on.
Remember Toys and Activities
Road trips can be long, tiring experiences, especially for young children. There’s nothing worse than a screaming child, grumpy teenager and irritated dad when you’re all packed into one campervan. Figure out what kind of activities and toys will be suitable to bring on the holiday and keep them in the campervan where they can be easily accessed. Not only will packing games, colouring and other toys be really good for keeping the youngsters occupied and happy, but it also gives the adults a chance to socialise, join in and bond or simply have some quiet time to relax.
One of the major factors in having a positive, happy holiday is to be organised. You don’t want to get halfway through your holiday to find out you left half of the things you need at home. Similarly, you want to make sure that the campervan is organised and tidy whenever possible. Campervans are often small and cramped at the best of times, so put a plan in place to keep the space organised and tidy. You can even include a small reward chart for your little ones to gain starts every time they help out with tidying, washing and other important everyday tasks.
Stick to a Routine
It’s always going to be difficult to have your little ones in bed at the normal time, especially when your days are packed out with activities, travelling and so on. It’s always good to stick to a routine, however, as this way you can keep yourself and your kids on track and happy. Trying to eat around the same time each day, where possible, will help make sure you don’t go hungry and start to get slightly grumpy. Similarly, trying to wake up around the same time will enable you to feel fresh and ready to go. If you stick to a routine, you often find your days go a lot smoother and to plan.
Keep Things Comfortable
Travelling for long periods of time can be difficult, especially when you have to be on the road for a few days at a time. Investing in comfortable, cosy items such as a rock and roll bed, high quality sofa and additional essentials like blankets and cosy throws, will help to keep you and your family as comfortable and content as possible. It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do to your mood!
Plan Your Packing
The main thing that can make or break a holiday is your packing. If you set off on a two-week road trip in your campervan, with your whole family, to then realise you forgot half of the things you really needed, it can often dampen spirits. Planning in advance and making sure you’ve covered everything you could possibly need for your family holiday is really beneficial. Not only will it ensure your holiday goes smoothly and you can do everything you wanted to do, it’ll also save you money. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to rebuy things that you already purchased specially for the holiday!