Planning A Road Trip – Make It Your Best Trip Yet

Doug Williams

We’re busy people here at Outdoor Revival but when it comes to spending time with our families it’s good to get away on vacation, it’s a fun way to spend time with the whole family.

Often everyone is so busy that it seems as though you barely have any meaningful time to hang together. A family trip can be the perfect way to decompress and just enjoy each other’s company.

One really fun way to travel with the whole family is to take a road trip; this can be a really fun experience that brings all of you closer together. Be warned (as thought you need it!), road trips can cause fighting and discord, after all, you’re all confined in a small space together. Do not fear though, we have some tips to make your next road trip your best family vacation yet.



One of the most important aspects is to ensure that you plan the trip properly. It is essential to have an idea of where you are going and what you are doing.

This way, there is less chance of getting lost or bickering over little things that could have easily been planned out beforehand. It is also important that you do not try to do more than you should.

Think about the distance that you want to travel in your car each day, remember, you don’t need to go everywhere, and you do not need to travel a great distance in order to have a successful road trip. Know your limitations, know how long every member of the family is going to want to be in the car and plan accordingly.

It is also important that your timetable has some slack in it, there are often things that come up that can mess up your schedule. There could be traffic, cool looking places that you pass along the way where your family will want to stop. You do not want to have too strict a timetable and create stress and you especially don’t want other people feeling as though they do not have a lot of freedom on the trip. That can only to dampen the mood.

Another important thing to think about is what you should be taking on your road trip. Obviously, this is going to be different for every family, and it is going to depend not only on where you are going but who is going with you.


If you have smaller kids, you are probably going to want to bring some form of entertainment for the children so that they do not get bored on long road trips. Depending on your family and what your kids enjoy, you can bring more modern games, such as consoles, to entertain them and keep occupied.


Often people have televisions in their car, so they will be able to watch TV on the road. There are also the more traditional games, whereby you can bring a map and have your kids point out landmarks, so your trip becomes a more fun and immersive experience. It is important that you figure out how much food to take because you do not want family members to get cranky because they’re hungry. Taking snacks and drinks is a good idea so people can eat without having to stop at every rest stop.

Another important facet of any road trip is the car. This is an obvious statement, but you are going to want to make sure that your car is properly prepared to go the distance.

You are going to want to make sure that everything is okay with your car – be sure you have enough oil and that it has been changed fairly recently so that there aren’t any engine issues. Additionally, you should be sure that all of the fluids are checked and that the wipers are in perfect order: if they are not, change them out for new ones. Do you need new tires, is the battery good? You want to make sure that everyone is safe throughout the entire trip.


Another important thing that you should bring with you is a roadside emergency kit, because you can never be too sure of what will happen and you will want to be prepared for any situation that could arise.

In this kit, there should be jumper cables, gloves, flares, flashlights, a first aid kit, extra water, and a blanket. You should also be sure to have any items that your family specifically may need, such as things to address particular allergies or anything that you often use at home that may become necessary throughout the road trip.

You should also be sure to clean out your car before starting the road trip so that everyone feels comfortable throughout the duration of the road trip.


Taking a road trip with your family is an absolutely amazing way to bond with each other while also admiring some amazing views and having fun times. But it is important to prepare properly so that you can ensure that it is the best trip that you and your family can possibly have!


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