We all get that exciting tummy turn feeling when we’re heading out on a new adventure, especially when it's a trip away with the kids. Making a decision on where to go and knowing there’s a possibility of tears and tantrums along the way, can be off-putting. Plan where you’re going and how to keep the kids entertained and your road trip will be trouble free.
Whatever the weather, there's definitely somewhere you and the family can take the car for a road trip. You don't always have to plan your route, but it does help. Pack the essentials, bags and babies, don't forget some snap too and you're away!
If it’s a coastal adventure you’re looking for, crabbing in Cromer is perfect for getting your little ones excited to hit the road. Suitcases and sippy cups are all you really need for this experience, but if you’ve got a belly board, why not throw that in the overhead storage too. You can never trust the weather by the coast, so if you’re not fazed by rain or shine, you’ll be sure to have a blast! Be sure to take the sun cream, burnt babies are no fun for anyone!
If you’re not quite feeling the sandy bums and salt water curls, a country venture to the Lake District surrounded by glorious scenery is just as exhilarating. Travelling through natural glaciers in the mountainous region of the North West, and playing eye spy along the way is the idyllic scene for a family themed week of adventures. It’ll be well worth packing your hiking boots or even your bicycles, there are tonnes of routes long or short, where you can enjoy the fresh air and take in the views. Trekking Scafell Pike, canoeing on Lake Windermere or fishing in Coniston Water, the Lake District has a number of activities you and the family can get stuck into.
Not all road trips have to be somewhere far, some of the best ones are those where you’re there and back in a day, especially when your kids don’t sit still in the back and all you can hear is “are we there yet?” and “how much longer?”. Early morning drives for theme parks thrills are always exciting, head to Lego Land or Drayton Manor for roller-coasters of fun. To keep the youngsters entertained, don’t tell them where you’re heading and let them guess along the way. It will most definitely be a quiet ride home when they’re flat out in the back, snuggled up to that new toy you won them from the gift shop; they were begging you all day for.
Dog days and woodland walks can often be top of the chart for family days out. Whether it's your local nature reserve or Derbyshire's Mam Tor, these kind of road trips are great, but definitely not for those who can't stand the smell of wet dog throughout the journey home! Taking your pup is never a clean day out, so be puppared with: treats, a water bowl, towels; for when they're ditched, poo bags and pack an extra lead just in case. Of course, travelling with your fury friends isn't always easy, so if you've got a cage for the boot, use it! That way, there'll be no dirty dogs on your cream leather seats.
In car entertainment
Whatever road trip you’re planning, be sure to stock up on entertainment for the journey, whether it’s DVDs for your in-car TV, or a travel version of connect4 and snakes ‘n’ ladders. This doesn't always do the trick, so get the kids pumped about your destination, bring their iPads and be sure to lie about how much further it really is.
Best cars for family road trips
There are a number of family fun cars that are great for road tripping. Renault Captur, Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 are perfect for fitting everyone in and whisking away to the road. Practicality, style, execution and a fantastic to drive. Alternative drives would be a Ford Focus, Vauxhall Mokka, Volvo XC60 which are superbly equipped and family-friendly.