Nearly 100 million Americans plan to take at least one family vacation in 2019, according to recent statistics. Of this number, a little over half intend to take their cars along and make it a family road trip. A family road trip is one of the best ways to bond and create beautiful memories.
If you come from a family that took road trips, you may be nostalgic for those times in your childhood and want the same experience for your kids. If you didn’t, you may just want to start this culture with your kids and get them out in nature as a way to switch off from the attraction of 21st-century technology.
If you are a first-time mom, you may be wondering how to navigate road trips with a child in tow, especially if they’re still quite young. It’s natural to worry, but most of your concerns will be navigable, and a road trip can definitely be on the cards for your family.
How Young Is Too Young?
One of the biggest questions new moms ask themselves is what the best age is to start traveling with children?. There really isn’t an objective answer to this question, as it largely depends on your family dynamics. If you want to travel with your kids, you can start as early as you feel comfortable to do so. Some people would argue that because traveling itself is hard, then traveling with kids must be harder. This is not a universal truth, and again largely depends on the preparation you undertake.
Granted, it may be trickier to use public transport with toddlers, but it should be pretty easy to travel with your children by RV. As long as you pick the right RV, you will enjoysome of the same comforts you have at home, with the added benefit of adventure. This is especially true given the advancements and modifications in modern RV types. For instance, you could opt for a travel trailer, which is perfect for family travel, given that you can select just the right features for your own setup. So what should you consider when taking a family road trip?
As you plan for your road trip, the most important thing to keep in mind will be convenience. When considering convenience, think about clothes and food. With clothes, you want to make sure you pack enough that you don’t have to worry about laundry, that the clothes are appropriate for the traveling weather, and that they’re packed optimally to make it easy to change. Because you’ll be traveling with a child, you want to avoid eating too much junk food and incorporate healthy meals. To deal with this, make sure you bring along a few healthy snacks for your trip that are also quick and easy to heat up. Some of these include carrots, grapes, nuts, and chickpeas. With these in mind, also make sure to pick locations and destinations that make it easy to access necessities such as food, laundromats, and a mechanic to check your vehicle. This should contribute immensely to easier and smoother travel.
Going on your first road trip as a mom can be great fun and a good way to make memories with your kids. With the right location in mind and adequate planning, you should be set for a fun-filled vacation.