The Parents’ Guide to Surviving a Family Road Trip

Living in the UK, there is a lot of road trip potential. You can travel the length and breadth of the island of Great Britain and see stunning landscapes from rocky coasts to beautiful lakes. You could also take the ferry over to mainland Europe and explore the ancient cities and beautiful sceneries of our neighbours. There are so many options for epic road trips that it’s a no-brainer that you and your family should make the most of your options. Surviving a road trip as a family, however, is another matter entirely, which is why you should follow these tips to help you survive the endless amounts of “Are We There Yet” you will surely hear:

Plan Out Stops

There are many reasons that you should frequently stop on your road trip, which is why it is always better to plan for a longer trip than a short one. First, your children will be much more appreciative. If you can plan out fun stops along the way, you can easily tire them out during the driving portion of your road trip. Similarly, planned stops are a great way to truly experience your journey, have spontaneous adventures, and in many cases just enjoy some truly breath-taking views.

Take Turns Driving

It should be obvious that you and your partner (and any other driving adults in the car) should take turns driving. A good chunk of time is from two to three hours because otherwise, the driver could suffer from what is called “road fatigue.” Road fatigue happens when the monotony of the road causes the driver to drift off, either in terms of falling asleep or losing attention. Understandably, this can be very dangerous, which is why it is always best to take small turns.

Have Entertainment for Yourself

As you won’t be driving the whole time, you should also bring some entertainment options for yourself. Packing up for a family road trip can mean that you focus solely on ensuring your kids have enough to do to stay entertained and not enough on yourself. If you have forgotten to download movies, don’t worry, there are many online games like the ones at to help keep you entertained until it’s your turn to drive again.

Healthy Snacks are a Must

Hungry bellies lead to short tempers, which is why having a lot of snacks and drinks on hand can be a lifesaver. This is true to keep your kids happy, to help keep the driver awake and refreshed, and it’s also a good way to offset your petrol costs. The more you eat in instead of eating out, the more money you will save. As a bonus, you won’t have to quickly find somewhere to eat when your kids decide they absolutely cannot wait.

Road trips are great family adventures, but only if you plan them correctly. Make the journey memorable, enjoyable, and the driving portions more bearable, and you’ll have the best family vacation to date.

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