Too many family members scrunched into a car that has gotten way too small with all the luggage packed inside. Driving to visit family can be worse than eating your aunt’s mysterious fruitcake.
Some of the problems with family road trips are that everyone is a little hungry and no one can agree on the music. Maybe your parents took away technology, so you have nothing to do! Whether it is two hours or 20, many despise long car rides with their family, but hopefully, if you follow along, you might begin to have a merry holiday drive.
The first thing is to make sure no one goes hungry. Snacks are great, but it stinks when crumbs get everywhere, so try bringing crumb-free snacks. Also, stay away from sugary snacks, including candy. Additionally, you can freeze drinks for ice packs to save room.
It is extremely difficult to be in a car with your family for hours, so, to make the trip more enjoyable, take a lot of breaks. Plan to stop every three hours because people need to use the restroom, but you might also want to stretch your legs. State parks are a great place to enjoy nature and a safe place for you to get in some exercise. You burn off the extra energy and might even see some cool creatures.
One of the best ways to make it through a drive is to stay distracted. Books are always fun, easy and manageable, but you could bring other things in case you are prone to getting carsick, including audiobooks and hand-held games. Classic Disney songs are a fun way to get the whole family involved, but moderns music artists, like Beyonce, Post Malone and Ed Sheeran, create a fun time for windows-down-and-heat-high singing. You have to be careful not to distract the driver, but it still can be a fun ride.
Murphy’s Law, if these can go wrong, they will, can not be stopped, but you can be prepared. You can create a little first aid kit. Pack bandages, ibuprofen, bacintrancin, baby wipes, hard candy, EpiPens, and daily medicines are some of the basics to have when traveling. You also should let someone know where you are for safety reasons. If you get in a car accident, you want someone to check on you and call.
The holidays are all about spending time with those you love, so make the journey fun and memorable. Leave comments about how you create a relaxing car ride.