There is nothing better than jumping in the car and hitting the open road for an adventure. Regardless of whether your road trip takes a few hours or a few weeks, planning is key to a successful trip, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Before you pile everyone in the car and set out for parts unknown, take a look at these tips that will help you have the best road trip possible.

Don’t forget to bring a map

There is no doubt that going head to head, GPS will beat a paper map every time, except if you’re someplace with bad cell reception. Being lost with no idea where you are can make a road trip less fun. Maps are still a great idea because, when paired with your GPS, they’re the perfect navigating system. Maps are also great for kids to see where you’re going, and they don’t rely on a battery, which is handy when you can’t find a charging cord.

Be sure to snack right

The call of the open road is usually filled with chatter coming from convenience stores, gas stations, and fast food joints. It can be tempting to stock up on the junk food. Who doesn’t love a gas station pepperoni stick, a 44-ounce soda and a bag of chili cheese Fritos, right? Your waistline won’t, that’s for sure. If you have to get snacks at a gas station, try to opt for the slightly healthier options such as cheese sticks, water, granola bars, or trail mix.

Make frequent stops

Being cooped up in a cramped car is no fun for anyone. Make the trip easier on everyone by taking scheduled stops. Find a rest stop and do a few laps around the parking lot to burn off some excess energy. Or maybe take the path less traveled and stop at a roadside attraction like the World’s Biggest Lint Ball or something. You might be surprised how much fun you have at some unscheduled stops.

Most importantly, have fun

Road trips are supposed to be fun but stressed out companions can ruin the fun for everyone. There is definitely an element of planning involved in road trips, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little spontaneity too. Setting out for an adventure with your favorite people can be a life-changing experience. With a little careful planning and some forethought, you can almost ensure a successful road trip that is full of fun. To make sure the car is in tip-top shape, and if you need some dents repaired, or get a few dings on the trip, call Cascade Collision for a free quote.