Reducing Drama on Roadtrips

How to Survive Thrive on the Way to the Trailhead

Road trips are fun and exciting, but they can also be stressful. If you’re heading on a long trip with friends or family and want to reduce the drama, here are some simple ways that might help:

Section: Plan ahead

Make sure you have enough food.

  • Make sure you have enough food.
  • Pack snacks for the kids.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you know what you’re getting into (e.g., if your destination is an unfamiliar place, check out the area online before leaving home).

Have a plan in case of car sickness.

You can also make sure that your vehicle is prepared for the ride. Have a first aid kit in the trunk and keep medicines on hand, as well as leakproof bags in case they throw up. Also bring food and drinks to keep them hydrated during any car sickness episodes that may arise.

Plan ahead to make sure you know what you’re getting into.

You can’t avoid any road trip drama, but you can plan ahead to make sure you know what you’re getting into. If a surprise pops up and blows your mind, it’s better to know that now than when the situation happens.

If you are traveling with friends or family members who have kids, make sure they understand the difference between traveling with children and dealing with them in general. This can help prevent fights from breaking out over whose turn it is to watch the kids (or worse yet—who has been watching them!).

Another thing that will help keep things peaceful on road trips is knowing what kind of accommodations are available near where you’re going so if something comes up unexpectedly like missing a hotel altogether because there was no room left at all during peak season time frame then there wouldn’t be any last minute panic about finding somewhere else quickly enough before heading out again tomorrow morning!

Pack a variety of games/entertainment.

You don’t have to be the kind of person who likes to sit around and watch movies all day. There are plenty of ways to entertain yourself while on your road trip, whether you’re driving or taking a train.

  • Bring along a variety of games and entertainment options so that everyone in your family has something different going on at all times. This will help everyone stay engaged with what’s happening around them, especially if there’s downtime during the journey (which can happen).
  • If you do want something more serious than board games or toys that keep kids occupied while they’re sleeping, consider bringing along some books or magazine subscriptions instead. You might also consider bringing along some movies on DVD/Blu-ray if you’re traveling with younger children who aren’t yet interested in video games!

Avoid distraction

  • Turn off your phone.
  • Don’t play with kids.
  • Focus on the road and not on anything else.

Be flexible – there are always surprises.

  • Be flexible. The unexpected is inevitable on a road trip, and you can’t control it all. But you can make sure that your kids are prepared for it by talking about what might happen in advance, like delays or missed connections.
  • Ask questions instead of giving orders (or yelling). You might not be able to anticipate every need or question that arises during a journey; but if there’s ever anything specific you’re worried about, ask your child what they’d like from their parents before deciding how to proceed based on their answers alone—it may be easier than trying to guess what will work best for everyone involved!

Things on road trips can go wrong, but they don’t have to be the trip’s downfall.

While some things on road trips can go wrong, they don’t have to be the trip’s downfall. Take a deep breath and know that you can fix things if they get out of hand. If someone has a tantrum in the car or starts yelling at you for no reason, let it go—you don’t want to make things worse by fighting back or being upset with them when all you want is peace and quiet!

Things will inevitably happen on your trip: You’ll hit traffic; there won’t be enough water in town; someone forgot their lunch at home (again). These things shouldn’t ruin your time together as friends. Be flexible and adaptable—you’re going on an adventure together, so don’t let small problems ruin it all! Instead of letting them fester inside of you, try making lighthearted jokes about how annoying they are instead so none of us end up going crazy over nothing at all…


The road trip is a great way to see the country and make memories with friends. The key is to keep your cool when things go wrong, stay flexible and remember that there’s always another chance at enjoying this experience!

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