How to Perfect the Art of the Summer Beach Road Trip
There's nothing like the classic American summer road trip. You know – the one where the kids are all packed up, dad is lost, and mom is trying to keep everyone happy? Ok, so maybe this isn't a National Lampoon movie, but we have a few tips and tricks to help you get to your Topsail Island Beach vacation safely while having a little fun. Here is everything you need to know.
Preparing your vehicle
Nothing is worse than breaking down on the road, especially when you are a long way from home. One way to prevent this unhappy event is by checking your car over carefully before you hit the road for your Topsail Island beach vacation. For a complete list of things to check, click on the video above. These are all simple things that anybody can do from home to ensure you get to spend your time on the beach and not on the side of the road.
Road side assistance-
A lot of new cars come with roadside assistance through the car manufacturer. Now is a good time to see if you have such a service, verify what it covers and have the contact information pre-loaded in your phone. Another good option is the old tried and true AAA which has several membership levels. It might not be suitable for everyone, but they do offer things like towing, lock out service, and help if you run out of fuel, among other things.
Tips for traveling with the kids
Traveling with kids, especially the little ones, can be a challenge. Even the best behaved kids get a bit antsy after being in the car for hours on end. However, there are a few things you can do to make this time in the car easier on the kids (and a whole lot easier on mom and dad). Here are five tips and hacks to help make the best of a day on the road to Topsail Island:
Pack Snacks- No need to stop and buy unhealthy, sugary snacks. Pack a small cooler with your kid's favorite healthy snacks and drinks. Plus, this will save a bunch of money.
Put Down The Technology- Being on the road is a great time to connect with the kids. Take away the technology and play fun games like the "Alphabet Game," where each player tries to find something of each letter. For longer trips, play the State License Plate Game. It's a great way to pass the time and help school-aged kids learn the names of all the states. To play, make a list of all 50 states in the United States, then have your kids try to spot a car with a license plate from each state.
Bring Travel Pillows - Pillows are a must on a long road trip, but full-size pillows can take up too much room (and cause arguments when “his pillow keeps touching me!”). Don't forget a light blanket. Inevitably one child is hot on the sunny side while the other is cool.
We hope these tips help you have a safe and trouble-free drive to your vacation destination. Who knows, maybe the kids will even have fun in the car. But, before you get in the car you need a great destination. What better destination is there than Topsail Island? With our small town charm, pristine beaches, and family-friendly atmosphere, all roads lead to a great time on Topsail Island. If you still haven't booked your vacation rental give us a call at 800-497-5463 or click the button below to book your vacation online.