Family Road Trip


Road trips are great fun, but maybe there are some issues such as it is not so easy to be healthy, the driver gets super tired and kids and adults alike can get bored at times. Here are some tips I’ve put together so you can avoid these pitfalls and have an excellent holiday.


You are what you eat remember? So if you’re only eating junk food on a road trip you’re going to feel like trash. As most roadside places do not offer so many healthy options, and if they do they are overpriced, it’s best to prepare what you can before leaving. Some good ideas are fresh fruit with yogurt (pack in the esky), nuts and sunflower seeds (not salted), healthy muesli bars and carrot and celery with dip. Drinks or food with caffeine should be your last resort if all the above has not helped to give you enough energy.


Breaks should be taken about every 2 hours and you should make the most of your time out of the car. One idea is to park as far as you can from the bathroom so you have to walk (and stretch) over a longer distance. But even better is to stop where there is a grassy area or park where you can do some exercise.

It would be great if you could pack some equipment like a frisbee, volleyball, football, resistance band and a yoga mat. In these breaks do all that you can do get your body moving and heart beating fast with your friends and family so that you’ll go back to the car feeling refreshed. If you still feel that you’re not getting enough exercise then be sure to do some bodyweight workouts in the morning before leaving on the trip and squeeze your muscles as much as you can while sitting.


Loud music that you can sing to is a must. Get everyone to bring their own music or send lists to you so you can get ready to have all the passengers involved. Once everyone has lost their voice, make sure there is something interesting to listen to. Find a talk show on the radio or even better download podcasts of a show that you know is interesting to play and start conversations in the car.


Games are not just for kids and can help keep you active and awake, so get creative and don’t just rely on ‘I-spy’. Have a competition about who can guess first what the song is and who is the artist. Another idea is word association where one person starts with a word and you go around in a circle with people saying a word that is associated with the one before, and go until someone says something that doesn’t quite fit.

Finally one of my favourites is the movie game, where you say the name of an actor and then the next person has to say a movie they are in, and the person after that a different actor in that movie and so on.


Do you have any other road trip tips? Share your comments below.

Katie Reaburn

Katie is keen on cooking and adapting meals to make them easy for the campsite. She loves hosting parties with different themes, food and drinks. She enjoys writing and sharing a variety of her experiences from different cultures. She also is an animal lover having lived with a large amount of different pets.