For most people, the Coronavirus pandemic means the total avoidance of public transportation; and rightly so. Given the unpleasant circumstances we find ourselves in, how can you take your family on vacation and still remain safe? Simple, a road trip in the family car remains a great way to take in the sights and sounds.
Before hitting the road, you need to create a checklist of everything you might need. Bearing in mind that you want to avoid public places and human interaction, this means leaving nothing to chance. Additionally, it is a great idea to map out your routes and plan your itinerary properly.
Here are some tips for a wonderful, safe road trip.
Whether your trip is a daytime one or you intend to camp out for a night or two, extra clothing is a must. Bearing in mind that you may well be sitting in a car for hours at a time, ensure to pack both light and heavy clothing.
Plan for Emergencies
You need to prepare well to deal with any emergency situation while traveling. You may well need to change a flat tire in the dark, refill your radiator or gas tanks, and so on. With no buildings or garages in sight, you will be grateful for the flashlight, flares, extra oil, water, and extra batteries you remembered to pack.
You might find yourself having to deal with tummy aches, headaches, bumps, bruises, and the like. Without the option of a pharmacy or your medicine cabinet, things like Band-Aids, aspirin, and antacids can be a lifesaver.
If traveling with children, don’t forget essentials like sunscreen, baby wipes, and disposable bags. It is imperative to carry extra soap and water, along with a few bottles of hand sanitizer. Following the advice and recommendations of health professionals can go a long way in keeping your family safe on the road.
While there is a lot to see during the trip, you will definitely need something more to keep everyone entertained. Few things can beat the joy of singing and dancing along to music when on a road trip.
Download a good selection of different playlists. You can then switch between those and what is on offer on the local radio stations. Another excellent idea is to listen to podcasts or audiobooks.
Additionally, remember to carry board games, a deck of cards, a jump rope or ball for when you get to your destination. Spare batteries or solar chargers can come in very handy to recharge all the smartphones and tablets.
Food and Drinks To Go
When you are on the road, there is really no telling when you’ll next be able to sit down to a meal. Pack plenty of snacks and drinks for everyone. An electric cool box or bag, along with plenty of drinking water, is a must-have.
If possible, box each family member’s meal on their own. This is really handy if you have to eat while driving. Be sure to carry ketchup, mustard, salt, and pepper along with plastic knives, forks, and spoons. Remember to make sure just about everything is disposable and to keep hygiene levels high.
Carry a mobile water heater that you can plug into your car socket. They work reasonably well for coffee or hot chocolate. Be sure to use it only while the car is running to avoid the risk of draining the battery.
Now that you have the basics right, it is time to get everyone in the family car and out on the road. Remember, sanitize, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid crowds.