The Joys of summer – Piling into the car with the kids and happily setting off for the beach, or camping trip. Sure the setting off is happy, but the ride itself can get tedious, noisy, and sometimes downright unpleasant. Let us take a look at some ways of approaching the family road trip to make it a pleasant experience for all.
First, let us keep in mind that much of this is age dependent. So, let us address first the family with kids under 12. Then we will talk about older families, and finally, a couple of points just for the adults.
My experience has taught me, that if you have little kids, the best thing to do is to leave really, really early in the morning. That way, you get a few good hours of sleep out and a quiet start to the trip. Dress them in their traveling clothes the night before and tuck them into the car, belt em up and hit the road. For winter trips, it goes without saying that you should warm the car up first so they will be comfortable right away.
Next thing, when you do need to stop, do not go to one of those big roadside stops. Pick a quiet rest stop, and provide your own refreshments from your car refrigerator. The good thing about the quieter rest stops is it provides a more relaxed atmosphere for the kids to run around some before getting back in the car for the next leg of the journey.
There are some great car cooler products on the market today, in particular 12 volt cooler just like having a fridge in your truck or camper. These 12 volt appliances everything from portable food warmer to popcorn makers can give you the conveniences of fresh food on the road, without the crowds at busy rest stops. Pack your own 12 v products, and road trip happily ever after.
I personally love making my own coffee on the road nice and fresh without any lines to wait in. With a 12 volt extension cord, you can make the coffee on a picnic bench near the car.