Summer road trips are a great way to make memories with your family. But sometimes, traveling with kids can wear on your nerves. If you’re tired of hearing, “Are we there yet?” for the millionth time, here are some tips for keeping the kids quiet on your family’s next road trip, whether your destination is in Kentucky or beyond.
Create a scrapbook. Reminiscing about past trips is a big bonus of traveling. As you drive, put your kids in charge of gathering fun things for a vacation scrapbook. Have one take photos, another record what you do each day, and another collect souvenirs. Instant-photo cameras are perfect for this project, and make sure you pack paper, markers, glue sticks, and tape to create it.
Wrap up new and old toys. Who doesn’t like to receive presents all the time? Before you head out on the road trip, hit the dollar section at any of your local stores and stock up on cute, fun toys that you can wrap. Then, when things get a bit hairy while you’re driving, give your kids one of these presents. Unwrapping should take a few minutes — depending on their age — and then you will likely find peace for at least half an hour as they explore their new toy. You can even do this with older toys that they might have forgotten about.
Stop and explore. There are few times a child is quieter than when they are asleep (unless you have a snorer, of course). Make sure you take frequent breaks to let the kids run around and tire themselves out, so that they take a nap on long car rides.
Embrace screen time. Even if you’re not a huge fan of screen time at normal times, car rides are much more bearable if you embrace it. Download some of your kids’ favorite movies, TV shows, and more and let them indulge — a few hours won’t hurt them and it will certainly help you keep your sanity!
Hardin County Honda wishes you and yours safe travels this summer. And remember to schedule a service appointment for your Honda vehicle if you haven’t done so yet.
If you’re packing up for your family’s summer road trip, it’s likely you don’t want to pack too much stuff. After all, having excess weight in your Honda can affect your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. To help you pack light for your road trip, we’ve put together this list of tips.
Pack for the weather. Before you leave, check the 10-day weather forecast for your trip. This will help you get a sense of the types of clothing you should pack. Then, pack three outfits that go well when you mix and match, and will layer easily, too. Do this for every member of your family — and don’t forget underwear and socks.
Bring the essentials. Get a gallon zip-top bag and fill it up with essential items like your travel toothbrush, toothpaste, and any necessary medications. Also, make sure that you bring a small first aid kit. You don’t need to worry shampoo, body soap, or condition — hotels and motels will typically have these in your room.
Roll your clothing. Rolling your clothes will condense them to make more space in your bag, allowing you to fit multiple family members’ items in a single bag if need be. Remember to place heavier items on the bottom of the bag, finishing off with the lightest ones.
Stop by Hardin County Honda if you’re in need of a new vehicle for your upcoming road trip. Or call us to schedule a service appointment for your Honda to make sure it’s safe and sound for all of your travels in Kentucky and beyond.
The temperature is rising as we get closer and closer to summer, which means one thing – it’s time to start thinking about fun outdoor adventure for your family. Here are some gardens and arboretums in Kentucky that you should bring your family to so you can enjoy the warmer weather.
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
The Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is less than 30 minutes away from Elizabethtown. Considered Kentucky’s Official State Arboretum, Bernheim stretches across 16,000 acres and offers a wildlife sanctuary, landscaped arboretum, and visitor center. It has plenty of fun things to check out, including a canopy tree walk, scent and sound mazes, and loads of trails, which means you won’t be short on fun when you visit.
Nannine Clay Wallis House & Arboretum
If you want a day trip with your family, consider heading to the Nannine Clay Wallis House & Arboretum. This recommendation is located just under two hours away from Elizabethtown in Paris, making it a great option if you want a small road trip. It’s the home of the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc., and as such, you can only image the natural beauty that is to be seen here. Its extensive grounds are open to the public and free of charge, though you can book guided tours if you would like.
Step out of the hustle and bustle of Lexington in the calm oasis that is The Arboretum. This location features 100 acres of plants, blooming year-round to show off the area’s natural beauty. General admission is free, as are docent-led tours, making it a great place to visit with a family on a budget.
Call or visit Hardin County Honda if you’re in need of a new Honda vehicle to transport you to and from these outdoor locations in Kentucky.
Summer is almost here. If you’re looking to head out on a road trip, why not prep the right way? As you get ready for a summer road trip in your Honda, consider watching one of these best road trip movies.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Two strangers are thrown together when a freak snowstorm makes it nearly impossible for them to get home for Thanksgiving. The journey that should take them a few hours turns into multiple days filled with antics and tons of laughter. “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” is an absolute classic road-trip movie. It’s rated R, though, so you might want to consider this option only if your kids are teenagers.
Definitely the most kid-friendly option on this list, there are few better movies to prep your family for a road trip than “Cars”. The film brings vehicles to life, and it might give you something fun to do while you’re driving — come up with what the vehicles around you might say if they could talk!
Thelma and Louise
If you’re going on a road trip with your best friends, then “Thelma and Louise” is the movie you should watch to prepare. The movie begins as a girls’ weekend trip, eventually turning into the two main characters running away from the cops. Maybe avoid copying the ending, but you should definitely consider getting in the spirit with the 1990s high-waisted jeans, crazy hair, and cut-off sleeves.
Visit us here at Hardin County Honda if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you on your summer travels. Or schedule a service appointment to make sure your current ride is safe and sound in prep for an upcoming vacation.