Summer car trips with the kids

Young Family on Day Out

Just think of it. It’s a scorching hot day. You’re happily singing a holiday tune with your spouse and kids as you drive down a winding country road. The sun’s high, the sky is blue and so far everyone’s in a great mood.

OK, it’s probably never going to be as idyllic as that, but you can dream. Back to reality and there are ways that you can ensure your family road trip runs as close to glitch-free as possible.

With a bit of planning and a dash of creative thinking, you might just have the whole family smiling for the duration of the trip (and a long time afterwards).

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Where to go?

When it comes to summer road trip destinations, the beach is hard to beat. Britain has some of the world’s most stunning coastal paths and shorelines. A trip to your nearest beach, possibly with the dog in tow, will make for a great family day out.

Or, what about a trip to a country park? Pack a picnic, a football or a frisbee and set off.

Other ideas for a memorable family day out could include a trip to a theme park, such as Alton Towers or Flamingo Land. Alternatively, a trip to a Safari Park or a Zoo will capture the kid’s imagination and make for a memorable day.

Plan, plan, plan

Two words: satellite navigation. We all love to be spontaneous at times, but there’s nothing like a good old plan to help keep you on track. Pack food and drinks. Make sure your iPod is brimming with summer tunes. And if you don’t have a sat-nav, try planning your route using the AA route planner.

With more and more of us spending holidays in the UK, it’s also important to plan what days you’ll be travelling. For instance, if you want to go camping on a bank holiday, book your campsite in advance. Not only will this help avoid disappointment, it might also result in you getting a better pitch.

Your smartphone is your best friend

You can use your phone to keep an eye on ruinous road works and to plan stops at beauty spots along the way. Apps like Kayak Pro make sorting out transport and hotel details easy.

Prep the car

This is probably the most overlooked aspect of any road trip. Even the most joyous of holidays can be wrecked by an untimely car disaster. (But let’s face it: they’re never timely, are they?)

Firstly, remember to check the oil. You’ll also need to check the tyres for air. If you’ve noticed any problems with the car get your mechanic to check them out well in advance.

Lastly, make sure you’re up to date with your insurance. Research different car cover policy to find one that won’t break the bank. This could just save the day – or even the whole holiday.

This guest post was written by Lucy Wright on behalf of Money Matters, the Sainsbury’s Bank blog. Sainsbury’s Bank accepts no responsibility for the opinions external contributors and the content of external websites included within this post. The views expressed in this guest post are of the author and not of Sainsbury’s Bank. This guest post does not constitute advice and should not be used as a basis for any financial decisions. All information in this post was correct at date of publication.

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Lucy Wright (1 Posts)

Lucy Wright, Money Matters, the Sainsbury's Bank Blog.