Everyone is excited to get to the beach, but are they excited about climbing into the car and enduring hours together while the anticipation of the Gulf of Mexico awaits them? Probably not. So how do you survive the car ride to your relaxing haven? No worries, The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach has compiled a few tips and tricks to help you survive the car ride to paradise. Whether you are traveling as a group of adults, small family with children of various ages, aging parents or pesky uncles with unusual sense of humor, we have tips for you.
Traveling with Toddlers
- Don’t forget the snacks!!! There’s nothing like having a toddler kicking at your backseat while you are in traffic or a long stretch of interstate like I-10. Snacks tend to occupy your toddler and keeps them from getting hungry.
- Although you may hate it, keep their favorite tunes on. As a rule the kids love to sing their songs and sometimes like it when you sing with them too.
- Get them to tell you a story. There’s something about listening to the imagination of a budding toddler that will not only keep them entertained, but you as well.
- If you have a DVD player let them watch their favorite movies. If you don’t have one, bring a fully charged laptop that has a DVD reader and let them watch from there. This was the go-to back in the mid 90’s to early 2000’s and is still a go to hack for some travelers.
- If all else fails, give them a kid-friendly app to play on your phone.
- Make plenty of pitstops to let them run off some of their energy. Time it so they can either run themselves out so they take a nice nap. Naptime is always appreciated during your road trip to Fort Walton Beach! AKA paradise.
Traveling with Teenagers
- No matter if they are girls or boys, they will have their cell phones. Let them get buried in them. We all know they get lost in their phones. If you are on a strict data plan, remind them of that so can they use their data wisely.
- If you don’t have data or DVD player in the car, let them share the laptop like you would with the toddlers. Let them choose the movie. Remember you can rent a Red Box movie anywhere and return it to any Red Box location. Red Box is a great thing to use when you have teenagers.
- Bathroom breaks. Remind them to take it easy on the liquids and give them a schedule of when you plan on stopping. If you don’t want to keep a strict pitstop schedule then do a bathroom break call when you come up on rest stops or gas stations. This way they have fair warning of bathroom availability and time to stretch their legs.
Traveling with Grandma and Grandpa
- More than likely having grandma and grandpa watch DVDs or play on their phone is not going to work. Have them entertain the kids, if they are small enough to where grandpa taking their nose is still funny.
- Make frequent stops for them. Elderly folks need to get out a bit more often than the young whippersnappers. Also, elderly folks are more prone to blood clots so moving as often as possible is in their best interest.
Traveling in Adult Groups
- Normally there is not much to survive on a road trip with other like-minded adults. You are all excited to get to Fort Walton Beach and are probably discussing plans. But here’s a tip, take turns driving. It keeps you all fresh during the trip and you won’t be tired when you get here. Also, if you plan on driving straight through, take naps when it’s not your turn to drive. Bring a pillow and kick back and relax.
- If you have a bad driver or they can’t read directions (map) then don’t let them drive. It will only make everyone cranky and will kill the mood of paradise.