The time has come for your next family road trip. While this might be an exciting prospect, it can also feel daunting to make the most of a long journey with teens in tow. To help you out, we’ve put together some tips that will hopefully get everyone excited about driving cross-country with their favorite people in mind!
However, if you’re planning to travel with teenagers, you will need to prepare yourself, as teens can be a little harder to deal with than their younger siblings. Traveling with teenagers can be a lot easier than you think!
Involve Your Teenager In The Vacation-Planning Process
Outdoorsy, an RV rental place, suggests involving your teenager in the vacation-planning process can make life so much easier. Teenagers want to be heard, and they want their opinions to count, so you should try to get them involved.
Planning the trip can be a bonding activity! Binge watch some YouTube videos and make a list of everything you need to pack.
If your teen doesn’t want to join in with the planning, don’t force them, just let them know that you want their input as it’s important to you.
If your son or daughter does want to get involved, hear what they have to say, and come up with a compromise if you cannot deliver exactly what they’re looking for.
Let Your Teen Have Access To The Internet
Most adults want to spend time away from their everyday lives, but not all teenagers do. If your teen requests that they have access to the internet so they can email or message their friends, let them have it.
Your teen may simply want to tell their friends what they’ve been up to or catch up on a bit of gossip. Allowing your teen to access the web is likely to please them, and make your trip a much more pleasant one.
Let Your Teen Sleep In A Separate Room
Teenagers need their privacy, even when they’re on vacation with their family. If you’re planning to stay in a hotel, book a separate room for your teen as they will appreciate this.
If you happen to be camping or staying in an RV, try to make separate sleeping areas by hanging up a blanket between beds so there’s more privacy for everyone.
Think about how you would have felt if you had to sleep in the same area as your parents when you were a teen. Your teenager may feel exactly the same as you, so bear this in mind when you’re working on sleeping arrangements.
Plan To Do Absolutely Nothing At Least One Day A Week
One of the best things that you can do while you’re traveling with teens is to plan at least one day each week when you do absolutely nothing. Your son or daughter may feel inclined to rest a little more than you do, so let them rest on the ‘Day off’.
Let your teenager know when you plan to do nothing, so they can catch up on sleep, or spending time away from their siblings.
Allow your teen to shut themselves in their room all day, or simply spend hours on end watching TV, they will appreciate it. And if I'm being honest, I appreciate the quiet, too!
Traveling with teenagers does not have to be a nightmare, use the above tips to make your vacation a little bit better for everyone!
What is your best road tripping tip? Share it below and let us know how you keep the whole family happy on car trips.