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Family Vacation Trips | Road Trip Plan

Updated on September 1, 2013

Try a Road Trip Plan for Your Family Vacation Trips!

Deciding on a road trip plan for your family vacation trips can be a daunting challenge, not to mention an exercise in patience.

However, if you prepare ahead of time, a family road trip can be one of the most memorable experiences of your family members' lives.

Below are some quick and easy tips for making your family vacation trip a fun and safe one by setting up a road trip plan ahead of time.

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Make a Checklist for Your Road Trip Plan

FIRST, prepare a road trip plan checklist of items you will need....

This will include first aid kit, food, snacks, drinks, and lots of toys, coloring books, paper, and crayons, a portable DVD player (so your kids can watch their favorite movies), and a cooler.

One really good idea is to ask the kids what games they would like to take, within limits of course.

You can check on the Internet to print out games for the road that you and the kids can play along the way. There is an assortment of puzzles and riddles available online, as well.

Ensure that the snacks that you pack are healthy in nature. Too many sugar snacks can have the kids bouncing off the car seats. Remember, this is supposed to be a relaxing family vacation trip and you want to avoid the kids getting bored or repeatedly asking you when you are going to arrive.... "Are we THERE yet ? ? ?"

In addition, if you have very young children, you will need to take the diaper bag and wipes for the occasional spills, plus blankets and pillows if applicable. A favorite item or stuffed animal for the very young ones is a good idea as well.

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Create Your Road Trip Plan In Advance

Second, decide on the destination and then contact AAA for a trip ticket. Ask for the scenic route road trip plan -- one that is much more calming and pleasing to the eye, especially to the driver!

Third, as you check out the planned route for your family vacation trip, you may want to check online to find gas stations along the way that offer the cheapest gas. Also check whether there are any points of interest along the route; if so, mark them on the map and plan to stop at these sites.

Fourth, while on the road ensure that you make pit stops regularly. This will allow the kids to run around and let off some steam, while allowing the adults to stretch and re-energize. Bring along a football or soccer ball so that the entire family can have some fun while exercising at the same time.

Safety & Emergency Supplies for Your Road Trip Plan

Finally, it is very important that safety concerns are met when planning your family vacation trip.

You should have your car checked at your local mechanic or gas station. Ensure that the oil and filter are changed, the tires are well inflated (remember the spare tire, too), the windshield wipers are replaced (if needed). Make sure that your car is in great condition before you head out to follow your road trip plan.

In addition, you may want to place the following items in your trunk: a lawn chair, extra blanket(s), emergency road kit, umbrellas, pure water, flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, and windshield wiper cleaner.

In the glove compartment, include a first aid kit and cell phone charger. Keep all medications in a Ziploc bag in the glove compartment, as well.

Another good idea is to take a list of telephone numbers, including the hotel or motel where you are staying as well as those of family and friends you may need to contact.

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Vacation Trips the Entire Family Will Love!

If you enjoy scrap booking, this family vacation trip may be a perfect opportunity to add new treasures to the book, thanks to a the wonderful memories created by following your road trip plan.

As you make stops at some scenic sites, ask the kids to find an item they would like to include in the scrapbook. Or if the kids point out something along the way that they find fascinating, take a picture of it to include in the scrapbook as well.

Engage the kids in the decision making, age appropriate, and allow them to decide what they would like to bring. Have them pack their clothes (check the suitcases afterwards) so they feel part of the overall experience. Planning ahead of time for a family road trip will save you time, stress, and money. And the kids will enjoy this adventure, too!

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DVDs for Inspiration!

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

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Great Road Trip Plan = Memorable Family Vacation Trips for Parents AND Kids!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      When traveling with toddlers, it feels more like an exercise in logistics. But I love to travel with my kids. You get a different perspective on the world when you look at it through their eyes