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Family Travel Tips - Vacation Ideas For Road Trips | Cabin Mania

Family Travel Tips

Planning your next cabin rental vacation can come with a lot of excitement and anticipation. Sadly, the excitement surrounding the vacation can be overshadowed by the road trip needed to reach your destination. While some children travel exceptionally well, most need extra attention in car rides over 3o minutes. As a parent you will need to have everything planned from snacks to games.

With that said, parents need some extra planning to help ensure the car ride is as pleasant as the vacation itself. While planning road trips is easier said than done, we have listed some vacation road tips below to help turn those car rides into more enjoyable experiences.

Tips For Parents

  • Expect Mistakes – Unfortunately, some thing might go wrong. This does not have to be the end of the world. Small mishaps are not emergencies if you have a plan. Some things to consider planning for include lost money, minor injuries (cuts or burns), or car trouble.
  • Rent A Car – For the most part, all cabin destinations have one thing in common. The cabin rentals are located in and around mountains. Renting a car can ease some damage you might receive on your regular vehicle. Having a car with four wheel drive or tire chains something you should consider as well.
  • Take Short Break – I know making great time is part of the vacation experience, but it is not necessary for having fun. Not only is it not necessary, it can add a lot of stress. Stopping every few hours and stretching your legs can help a lot children and teens.
  • GPS Device – While GPS devices are not perfect they do help when you are not familiar with certain areas.

Tips For Young Children

  • Extra Necessities – Make sure to pack extra bottles, wipes, snacks, medicine, and blankets.
  • Games – This one small idea can entertain kids for several hours. Include games like 20 questions or I Spy.
  • TV/DVD Player – This can be very helpful for shorter increments if you have younger kids. They might not be able to watch an entire movie, but you can break a two hour movie into several 30 minute segments.
  • Plan your Departure Time – Planning your departure time around your child’s nap time can be very helpful.

Tips For Teens

  • Put Them In Charge – Putting a teen in charge (possibly co-piloting for the driver) can help occupy a teen. Let them pick out the rest stops and restaurants.
  • Portable Electronics -  If teens have an mp3 device or portable DVD player they will be able to entertain themselves.
  • Snacks – Even though they are older your teens will still enjoy some snacks.
  • Engaging Questions – Take this opportunity to talk to your teen about important issues.

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