As soon as the ink dries in your kids’ yearbook and the last school bus belches its last exhaust cloud, you recognize a tone-shift in your household. Liberated students abandon school-time routines and take to the streets—some with mischievous intentions—not unlike a massive prisoner release. You sense your own offspring are plotting to overthrow your position. You must craft a plan to establish authority and maintain power: GET EVERYONE OUT OF THE HOUSE, IMMEDIATELY.
Maybe the end-of-term scene isn’t quite as dramatic in your house, but opting to take your family out on the road is still a spectacular way to launch summer, build memories, and enjoy time together, around-the-clock. Let’s take a look at some ideas for how you can avoid common pressure points most people encounter during a family road trip.
If the view is uninteresting or the trip exceptionally long, it’s not uncommon for young travelers to feel dreadfully bored. The key is to plan ahead in order to prevent the onset of tedium:
Choosing temperature settings in a vehicle is tricky because, more than likely, your passengers each have different internal thermometers. Here’s how to help everyone maintain comfort while on the road:
Digestion, Sleep, and other Inner-Clock Matters
Inevitably, one person at any given time requires use of the bathroom, eating, or stretching his or her legs. When these needs occur regularly but separately in short intervals, the journey moves painfully slow. Let’s fix that:
Fighting Siblings and Other Noise Pollution
Another source of annoyance during a long car ride is the sound of incessant bickering, window tapping, videogame beeping, phrase repetition (toddler speak), and much more. Consider these solutions:
You may not be able to avoid hearing the three things most often uttered in a car—“are we there yet,” “I have to pee,” and (from under cupped hands) “okay, who did that”—but what normal family would? The best things about practicing these tips are you’ll set the tone for future road trips and, more importantly, you’ll be able to reward your beloved prisoners for good behavior instead of wanting to tie someone to the back bumper with a leash.
Let us know in the comments below if you’ve discovered other fun or clever tricks to help long journeys go by smoothly and quickly. And drive safely!