Last week I shared some of my road trip plans and dreams for the next year. I am really trying to pack those adventures in at the moment. The boys are growing up fast, and I know they won’t be traveling with us forever. Especially Jack! We have had so many adventures as a family and if I have totally honest I don’t want it to stop.
But then saying that I am also looking forwards to Chris and I being able to book a cheeky last-minute holiday in school term time. I know I will feel like such a rebel the first few time ha ha.
But for now I am making the most of the precious travel time we have with our gorgeous boys. I am sure they will partake in one holiday a year as they get into their late teens purely for the free travel factor. The key here is keeping it fun.
So here are my top tips for planning a road trip with teens.
Get them involved in the planning; I have found the more the boys are involved the keener they are about a trip. It’s that old ownership thing isn’t it? If you tell Jack, “Right that is where you are going” he automatically finds reasons not too. If he thinks he is making decisions he is fully co-operative. You could put Joe in a field with a tent at the moment and he would be happy, so lets hope it stays that way for a long time.
Plan stop off adventures, fishing, horse riding and climbing are faves for our adventure mad two. Or even just beach walks and chilled out evenings with dinner and a stay over.
I try to have family conferences over dinner discussing travel wish lists, and really try to consider their choices.
Obvious I know, but ensure you have read up on local rules and regulations for the country you are traveling in. And ensure you have rac multi car insurance. We have multi car and on the times I have used it I have thanked my lucky stars I was covered. Like the time I was stranded in the snow with the boys. I was so glad to see that recovery vehicle. But trust me a teen in a broken down car is not funny.
When on the trip:
Make sure they have plenty to do. Sadly the days of colouring books are long gone. Present Jack with a colouring book he would run for the hills. If they have iPad’s check they are charged. Teens never do this! And have power packs as back up or in-car chargers.
Ensure they have a film downloaded to watch on the trip. I make the boys have different films so they can swap. This doesn’t always work as I wont allow to Joe to watch 15s, but if they are similar age it works a treat.
Carry travel sickness pills, bags and wet wipes in case of emergencies. You know for when hubby takes a detour on a country lane saying it’s a short cut that never ever turns out that way.
Also ensure you have a good collection of snacks, boiled sweets and a picnic is also great idea as it gives you a reason to stop and take a breather, let everyone have a stretch and recharge their batteries, especially if they start to get grumpy.
Let them take their pillows, if they are comfy and get the odd nap hey are happy. Teens are like toddlers they need loads of sleep. This is wonderful on car journeys, as like toddlers they get sleepy in the car. I am often tempted to take Jack for a drive ha ha.
So there you have it, my mini survival techniques for a road trip with teens, and I will continue developing strategies as a long as I can keep these crazy guys in the Christie travel crew.
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