Hitting the open road for a family road trip could turn into an unforgettable experience or it could become a nightmare. If you want it to be the former then just follow these simple pieces of advice.

Plan the Route Well

More time needs to go into planning the route for a big family trip than if you were going on your own for a road trip. You will want to make sure that you get to your destination without any hassle, of course. Apart from that, you will also want to give your family an interesting trip. Younger passengers can get extremely bored of seeing a monotonous road in front of them. If you have the option of a more interesting route then this will make it a more enjoyable trip for all of you. Of course, the worst thing that can happen is that you get lost on the way, as this will get everyone upset and frustrated. The most important point of all is, therefore, to be sure that you are clear on the route you have planned and comfortable with it.


Don’t Leave the Dog Home Alone

One of the big decisions to make is that of what to do with the family pets. It can seem like a real hassle to take them away but letting the family dog join in the fun can be a fine idea. He can have a whole of fun out on the road and also help to keep the kids amused too. If you decide to take your dog away with you then you will want to keep him safe at all times when you are travelling. The first practical step to take is that of looking for boot protectors that can be used in the vehicle. After that, you will want to make sure that he has enough room to move around in and that he also has easy access to food and water in the car. It is also a good idea to plan in advance where you are going to eat and sleep along the way, so that you can check that he is welcome there.

Organise Your Stuff

When you travel with the family in your car it is easy to throw lots of stuff in the boot with the idea of worrying about it later. The problem with this approach is that it is easy to get confused and lose control of what you have and haven’t taken away with you. It can also cut down on the amount of room you all have inside the car. A better idea is to organise everything well and make certain that you only take away what you need. The likes of BMW boot liners are useful for protecting the car, especially if you are taking away bikes or anything else that could get muddy or cause damage.



Thank you to Roisin Byrne for contributing this article, you can catch Roisin on Twitter or Facebook here.

This article has been provided by Theodore Thomas as part of his cheaper home series.

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