With the many occupational obligations of parents and the educational activities of children, a family hardly ever has the time to dedicate for each other and spend some quality time together today. After much sacrifice, if you finally succeed in allocating one whole weekend for your fambam to do something they will enjoy, the next big step is to decide exactly how you are going to spend it. Among the many possibilities, a road trip is a fun and exciting opportunity for you and your kids to get away from all the burdens of the bustling city and escape to a serene destination of your choice, while indulging in the splendor of nature along the way. However, unless you are well prepared for the journey, it might turn into an unpleasant experience rather than a memorable one. In this article, we will look into a few important things you must take care of before the big day.
Get your vehicle in shape
You may drive your vehicle to work every day without any break downs and assume it’s in good shape to handle the trip as well. Keep in mind that you will be at the mercy of your vehicle for a very long time during which you will cover a lot of miles, which is nothing compared to the distance between the office and your home. At least a week before the trip, drive down to the service station and get your breaks, engine, air conditioner, tires, lights and the battery checked by an automotive technician. Based on your requirement they will test the ride to see if everything is the way it should be and if they suggest that replacing car battery would be wise for a hassle-free ride, do just that because there’s no telling what troubles you will have to face if the vehicle breaks down in the middle of nowhere.
Plenty of eats and drinks
An ever-present danger of travelling in unfamiliar areas with little or no food and drinks is dehydration which can lead to serious medical conditions when there’s no medical professional in sight. Therefore, be sure to plenty of snacks and drinks that will be more than enough for the journey. If your kids don’t like the stuff you have packed, they will surely be cranky throughout the road trip and that spells serious trouble. Ask everyone about what they like and dislike early so that you can do the necessary shopping and get your packing department sorted as early as possible.
Lock up your house before leaving
Families going on road trips for the first time often forget to do the simplest of things before they leave. One such serious mistake is forgetting to secure the house (either by locking or activating the security system), because of which all your belongings and valuables will be at risk. There’s no point of feeling awful about the things you couldn’t do while you are trying to have fun. This is why you must find the time to check and double check if the property is safe as it can be before you head out.