How to best manage a long journey when going camping.
As it’s summertime, many of you will be across the globe soaking up the sun and downing cold pints of beer all day with your feet up, catching a tan! Or exploring the lovely countryside with long walks and barbeques on a camping holiday. However, its not all sunshine and rainbows, especially when you’ve got the kids constantly asking ‘how long until we’re there’ every five minutes on a road trip that was supposed to be 3 hours but feels like 30.
The reason this came to my mind is because I stumbled across a study the other day from UK car leasing firm All Car Leasing, called ‘Blame it on the boogie’ which investigated how music affects driver’s choices and decision making. They surveyed 600 respondents in a bid to see what drivers listened to most often and what decisions they made with a series of different questions being asked such as “what genre do you listen to?” and “have you been caught speeding before?”; finding that the choice of the genre of music you listen to can in fact have an effect on the way in which you drive. Now if you’re a keen camper you know those long commutes can be particularly boring, and you can easily get carried away with what your listen to, resulting in more pressure being put on the gas and you seemingly going much faster than the speed limit states or on the contrary getting lost in the middle of nowhere. So, I thought why not make a quick guide on how to keep yourself safe and sane on those long summer camping trips.
Top tips for long journeys
What’s playing? – The guys at All Car Leasing stated that 57.5% of their respondents would most likely listen to the radio during a commute, but the radio can get quite dull. Alternatively, podcasts are sometimes thought to be a bit boring, but they are great for learning and are actually pretty interesting. Find a podcast about something which you love; if that were to be cars, basketball, politics… who knows, it will keep you entertained for hours!
Entertain the kids with games – If you’re travelling with kids, it’s essential to keep them entertained so that you don’t lose your hair from ripping it out! Play games such as I-spy or road trip bingo to keep them having fun!
Plenty of food and drink – Now having plenty of food of drink goes without saying really. It’s essential to stock all of your goodies for the long journey to keep you sane. However, don’t overload yourself with water otherwise you’ll be stopping every minute to go to for a pee.
Avoid getting totally lost – If you’ve already got a long journey ahead, the worst possible thing to happen is for you to take a major detour down a side road and end up in the middle of nowhere. Be sure to pack a Satnav with you or use your navigation to guide you in the right direction.