Summer road trips are perfect for a family vacation as they are a great way to visit new places, create valuable childhood memories for your children, and spend time together as a family without completely blowing your budget. As summer is on its way, you are probably thinking about plans for your family vacation. However, when it comes to planning a road trip, there is an art to doing it right so that everyone can be safe, entertained, and happy throughout the trip. Having an essential packing list plays an important part in making your family trip a successful time for everyone. 

Here is our guide to the useful items to have when going on a road trip with your family.

1. Smartphone or Tablet 

If you keep everyone’s spirits up on a long road trip, it is vital that you provide some entertainment devices. The harmony of your journey sets the tone for a successful family vacation and children, especially, can become very restless on a long journey. Make sure to bring a tablet or smartphone so that your children can play games or use their favorite apps to keep them occupied. Kids these days are so comfortable using technology so you don’t need to worry about anything getting damaged. Just be sure to provide them with headphones so that your driving won’t be disturbed by back to back episodes of Peppa Pig.

2. Car Stereo

There is nothing better than listening to your family’s favorite road trip songs and singing together whilst surrounded by beautiful scenery. A quality car stereo with surround sound speakers is an absolute must for listening to music, catching up with news on the radio, and keeping up to date with your favorite podcast. Modern car stereos can connect to all smart devices like a tablet or smartphone so they are perfect for playing all your favorite media. Make sure that you have uploaded a great playlist and your road trip will be a whole lot more enjoyable. 

3. GPS or Google Maps Device 

There is nothing worse than getting lost when you already have a long journey ahead of you. Thankfully the days of losing your route in the crease of a road map are long gone with the invention of GPS technology. Previously only used by the military or people tracking the weather, GPS now enables you to know exactly where you are at any time. Many modern cars have GPS systems already installed, which will be able to guide you to wherever you are going, but if your car doesn’t, you can use Google Maps on your phone. Make sure that you have a phone holder attached to your dashboard or get your partner to watch the map as it is illegal to drive along looking at your phone.

4. Dehumidifier

If you are going on a camping or RV vacation with your family, you will be at the mercy of the elements, and there is no more certain way to spoil your trip than high levels of humidity. Rather than sweating your way through an uncomfortable week, investing in a quality dehumidifier is the ideal way for creating a pleasant environment for your family. If you are traveling in an RV, make sure to buy a dehumidifier which can fit in your RV and that has enough power for the size of your vehicle. There are many options available so be sure to read online reviews to choose the right dehumidifier for your RV.

5. Camera Equipment

Camera equipment is always necessary to capture all the fun times with your family. These days, modern smartphones have advanced cameras that are perfect for most photos and home videos. If you want to take your family photos to the next level, however, then a quality DSLR is a great investment that will last a lifetime. If your family enjoys doing activities or lots of water sports, then a GoPro is an amazing gadget as they are capable of taking photos and videos in any conditions.

6. Space Heater

If your family is planning to camp out under the stars, there are many places where it can be very cold at night. In these circumstances, it is always advisable to take a space heater with you. Whilst nothing keeps you warm like a campfire, it is not always permitted to make one, and even if you do, someone will need to stay up all night to keep it going. A portable space heater will ensure you stay snug and warm whilst enjoying your vacation.

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Family road trips can create memories that will stay with your family for a lifetime. With a little bit of preparation in packing the right items, you can ensure that your trip is comfortable, safe, and fun. No matter where the final destination of your road trip is, as long as your family is together, you will have an amazing vacation.