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The Tyred Traveller: 5 Must-Have Additions To Any Family Road Trip

Family holidays are a great time to hang out with your loved ones and experience something new together. However, getting to your holiday destination presents a bit of a puzzle. Many families purchase plane tickets for far-flung destinations, however, this can be expensive and unnecessary. Planning a road trip, on the other hand, can be an exciting part of the holiday itself if it is done right.

Road trips can also be a disaster if you are not properly prepared. Taking some time before the big holiday to consider what you will need and what you need to prepare is essential. If you don’t know where to start, fret not. After running through some of the essential road-trip must-haves, you’ll feel more prepared to take on the road.
Let’s look at five great must-have additions that will improve your family road trips.

Bigger Vehicle

Especially if you have a large family, it is important to have enough space in the vehicle to allow everyone to be comfortable. When you are crammed into a tiny car for hours at a time, conflicts can easily erupt. Larger vehicles like a 7 seater SUV, are ideal for long family road trips. With this vehicle size, you can be sure that there will be enough room for everyone to stretch out and enjoy the ride.


Even though there is not a lot of physical movement involved when you are road tripping with your family, you and your loved ones will certainly feel hunger pains along the way. Packing enough snacks ahead of time will ensure that everyone is satisfied. It will also keep you on the road and will help you avoid time-consuming and costly refuelling at stops along the way.
Packing healthy snacks along with some messier junk foods is the best idea. Too much junk food will have everyone reeling with a stomach ache by the time you get to your destination.


Road trips can quickly become a nightmare if you get lost. It’s important to have some way to find your path when turns are unclear or when you are entering unfamiliar territory. Maps are a good option, though they can easily be misplaced or torn. These days, in-car GPS needs to be the first choice for families everywhere. With voice directions provided by most GPS tools these days, you can keep your hands on the wheel while staying on course.


You’ll want to document your road trip as best as you can to capture those wonderful family moments. Looking back at the good times that you had will provide you with stories that you will retell for years to come. While most smartphones come with a decent camera these days, you might want to invest in a more professional camera if you want the best results from your photos.

First Aid Kit

During a road trip, there will likely be times when you are in a remote area and far away from the nearest hospital. If there is ever an emergency, you will want to have some basics to stay prepared. This is why a first aid kit is a must. If anyone in your family has allergies, make sure to also have their medication included in the kit as well.

Make Your Next Road Trip An Unforgettable One

With family holidays, sometimes the journey is just as enjoyable as arriving at your destination. By having the must-haves outlined on this list, you can be sure that your family road trip will be one to remember. Pack up the car and get ready for a good time, making lasting memories with your family on the open road.

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