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11 Tips For Planning A Road Trip With Grandparents And Kids

MULTI GEN family posing in front of guitar

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Are you game enough to embark on a family road trip with grandparents and your kids? Three generations in a car together, does that fill you with excitement or dread?

I won’t lie to you, having all these different personalities and travel styles in one tiny enclosed space can lead to possible tears and head slapping moments, but it can also be filled with treasured bonding experiences between your children and their grandparents (and of course between you and your parents.)

Going to a show at the Grand Ole Opry with my parents

Having a plan is key to making it heaven rather than hell, which is why we have written this guide on how to plan a road trip with grandparents so you can have a great experience, over a hellish one!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and I have received financial compensation, however all thoughts, ideas and opinions in this guide are our own.

Tips For Planning A Family Road Trip With Grandparents

We checked off many lifetime bucket list experiences with our multigenerational travel family. We grew closer, and didn’t have one bad moment. Here are some things to think about…

1. Make sure your car is big enough

First and foremost, this is the greatest challenge for you to solve. If your vehicle is not big enough, you may have to look at renting a bigger car, or two cars.

Perhaps your parents can drive their own vehicle, or you can rent two smaller cars if separation is needed.

Although, I do think time spent together while driving between destinations can often be the most rewarding!

Don’t forget to consider luggage space.

If this is an issue, you can buy skyboxes for the top of your car which helps. We have a Yakima Skybox which is excellent and came in handy for our multi-generational road trip.

2. Assign everyone a role

family posing with freedom trail tour guide
Walking the Freedom Trail in Boston

It’s great to give everyone a role to play in the car, and exploring a city. If you have multiple drivers, you’ll want to switch up the roles as well.

Give the children something they can easily manage and will enjoy doing. I’m pretty sure Savannah was Chief Entertainer and Kalyra, simply The Boss.

You decide what makes sense for your family style but here are a few suggestions:

  • Driver
  • Chief Navigator
  • Time Keeper
  • Entertainer
  • Organizer
  • Foodie

3. Service, clean and…

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