There's no better time of the year than the holidays to go on an adventure with the people you love. If you're contemplating going on a family road trip, read on to ensure a stress-free trip.
Start with a plan that includes a destination, a detailed idea of how you're going to get there, what you will need to bring with you and what your accommodation will be.
Deciding where you're going to go is your first step. Update your GPS, and if you want to be extra prepared, take a printed map as you never know when technology will fail.
Next, you'll need to decide how you're going to get there. Will you be driving? Will you share your driving responsibilities?
Make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip. Ask yourself: Is your vehicle insured? Do you have roadside assist?
If your vehicle is due for service, you should get it checked before starting your trip. Otherwise, you should check your tyre pressure, and don't forget to check your spare tyre. You'll want to bring a basic tool kit in your boot in the event that you find yourself in a sticky situation. You should also pack a first aid kit, a power bank to charge your phone, torch and jumper cables.
Are you planning to travel with young kids? Remember to keep them entertained on long drives. Think of a game or two that you can play in the car, pack plenty of snacks and an electronic device or two…
You know the drill: stop-revive-survive. There's no point planning and making sure your vehicle is safe for travel if you aren't taking care of yourself first. If your road trip is going to be a lengthy journey, make sure you remember to take regular breaks. Get out of the vehicle and stretch your legs, take a bathroom break and grab a snack.
Embrace the journey
Consider your route and whether you might want to stop at any attractions on the way. Are there any well known restaurants, pubs or cafes you could visit? Alternatively, are there any tourist attractions that you want to snap a photo in front of?
Remember, the journey is just as important as the destination. The memories you make with your loved ones will stay with you forever, so be safe and happy road tripping!