Tips for Preparing for a Cross-Country Drive

There’s nothing like putting the whole family in the car and embarking on a road trip adventure. You can open the windows, turn up the music, and enjoy all the sights along the way. But if you’ve ever tried to spend a few days on the road with the kids, you already know that long road trips can be a series of highs and lows. A little bit of preparation goes a long way towards making sure the highs last as long as possible, so that you can all sit back, relax, and enjoy the drive. Take inspiration from these tips as well as the infographic below from Australia’s car news site, which shows the ins and outs of driving across Australia in only 5 days!

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1. Safety First
Schedule your car for a check-up before you go to make sure that everything’s in working order. Charge batteries, change the oil, and make sure your tyres are properly inflated. The last thing you want is to break down in the middle of nowhere.
2. Bring Tunes and Entertainment
This infographic shows what happens when you don’t plan ahead. The journalist only thought to bring one CD, which he played 57 times along the way. Be sure to bring some mix CD’s and let your kids have a hand in choosing the music to keep everyone happy. You can also bring along favourite toys, colouring books, and a few surprises for the road.

 

3. Pack Healthy Snacks
The driver in the infographic below drank 22 cans of cola on his journey across Australia. This is not recommended for family road trips unless you want to deal with extremely hyper, sugared-up passengers in the backseat! Plan ahead with a cooler full of healthy, portable snacks like fresh fruit, carrot sticks, hummus, and string cheese.
4. Plan for Plenty of Stops
If you’re travelling with kids, it’s essential not to plan too much in a single day. Plan to stop every couple of hours to let kids use the bathroom, run around, and get out some of their excess energy. If you’re lucky, they’ll get tired out and take a nap once back in the car.
Taking the time to plan out stops, pack healthy snacks, and bring along plenty of distractions will make a world of difference in your next cross-country road trip. You’ll have a carful of happy campers rather than whining by planning in advance. Take a look at the infographic for further information on what goes into an epic cross-country journey like this.

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