Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How to survive a road trip with teens

Does the thought of taking a teenager on a road trip drive you crazy? If so, you can relax. These tips for traveling with teens will help you have the getaway you want and have fun doing it. Traveling with teens on a road trip isn't all bad. After all, vacationing together gives you the chance to reconnect and catch up with each other.

A family road trip has been used as a bonding experience for generations. My family is no exception. With teens in town, we've crossed the United States a few times and driven north into Canada. I'm proud to say that there has been very few hair pulling experiences. We've always managed to relax and enjoy the experiences.

Prepping the car for vacation.
Through the years I've found that the trick to traveling with teens on a road trip is to keep them occupied. They can easily become bored on a long road trip. Having a few activities can help keep them actively engaged on the road trip. As you can see from the list below, the activities don't have to all be fun and games to be effective.

Here are a few ideas that may help when traveling with teens.

Talk with your teen.
When traveling with teens on a road trip the first thing you need to do is talk with your teen. Ask what they would like to do to pass time in the car. You may be surprised at what he or she will come up with.

Involve them.
A bored teen is an unhappy teen and unhappy teens can lead to unhappy vacations. To help your youth stay engaged on the trip it's a good idea to give them something to do.
When traveling with teens on a road trip it can help to make them feel like an adult. Are you tracking gas mileage, keeping a vacation budget or reading the map? These may be perfect for delegating to the back seat.

Mail duty.
Many teenagers enjoy the idea of mail duty. Before traveling with teens on a road trip outfit yours with postcard stamps, pens and an address book. Toss in a few bucks to buy postcards with and you're all set. Likely recipients are friends and family members, children or older people that you know.

Vacation playlist
Teenagers love music. When traveling with teens on a road trip you can put this passion to work. Assign your youth the task of developing a vacation playlist. You may have to set parameters but this task is one that your teenager will jump at the chance to take on.

Photojournalism
When traveling with teens on a road trip someone has to record all those memorable moments. It's a back seat job that your teenager may jump at the chance to have.

This article originally appeared on the Yahoo Contributor Network in 2011.

What tips or ideas do you have about surviving a road trip with teenagers. Help others leave the teenage angst at home. Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.