Who doesn’t love going on a road trip? The anticipation of having a new adventure is so exciting. It takes a lot of thought and foresight to plan the perfect road trip, making a perfect opportunity to learn. Read on to find out how you can hand your child the reigns and let them plan your next road trip using my Road Trip Planning Activity Guide.
You may have read the previous post about 12 Ways to Keep Your Kids Learning All Summer long. In it, I mention allowing your teen or tween to plan a family road trip.
A learning experience teaching them life skills they need to be successful adults.
They will learn valuable skills such as mapping, finding the distance between two points, budgeting, researching, scheduling, basic math, calculating tips, taxes, and more.
While road trips can be exciting, they can also be stressful.
What better way to reduce some stress than to make a plan you can rely on? I have created an 11-page activity planner with this in mind.
Even if you’re not quite ready to give your teen this much responsibility, or your kids are too young, this planner is still a fantastic tool for planning your road trip.
You can get a copy of the planner simply by heading over to our Teachers Pay Teachers Store, then come back for a step-by-step walk-through of how to use it.
Great, let’s get started.
Road Trip Planning Activity Guide How To:
1. Page One
This page is basically an informational page showing you what all is included and a brief explanation of how to use the guide.
2. What is Your Destination?
This page is where your teen(or you) will write in four destinations they want to take a road trip to visit.
After they write in those destinations, they will survey each person who will be attending the road trip to find out which location sounds the best to them.
Once everyone has had a chance o vote, add up the totals.
The destination with the most votes wins, write this location in the winner box.
Use this page to fill in all the fun stops you plan to make along the way.
By using the internet to research your route and what there is to see.
Go to the websites of each stop to find out all the relevant information needed, such as cost and times.
4. Daily Schedule
At the top of this page, fill in the day, example – Monday or Day One, then fill in all the activities you have planned to do for that day only, creating a daily schedule.
5. Let’s Eat
Use this meal planner to figure out what and where you will be eating for the duration of your trip.
You can be as specific or vague as you’d like, for example, you can say run through a drive-thru or eat our packed lunches.
6. Focus on Fuel
This planner helps you keep track of the cost of fuel for your trip.
Write in the date, the odometer reading or trip odometer reading, fill the tank with gas, write in how many gallons it took, then write in how much it cost.
To figure the miles per gallon or MPG:
Get the miles traveled from the trip odometer, or subtract the original odometer reading from the new one.
Divide the miles traveled by the number of gallons it took to refill the tank. The result will be your car’s average miles per gallon.
Miles traveled divided by gallons of gas = MPG
7. Gotta Sleep Sometime
This planner should be used to track where you will be staying for each night of your trip.
If you are staying at a hotel, write in the name of the hotel, how many nights you’ll be staying there and the cost per night/total cost.
If you are staying with friends or family, write that in too, but the cost will be zero, hopefully!
8. Pack Rats
Packing Planner – the top portion is for things you will be taking that don’t necessarily belong in one person’s luggage, such as an air mattress or cooler.
In the bottom four sections, write the name of each person at the top, then use the remaining space to list everything that particular individual needs to pack for themselves.
If more than four people are going on your road trip, simply print more than one copy of this planning sheet.
9. Shopping Lists
Pretty self-explanatory – this is to help you keep track of all the items you need to buy for your trip, such as food, bathing suits, sunscreen, etc
10. Making Memories – Journaling Page
This is the place where you can spend a few minutes at the end of each day, writing in your adventures for that day.
After your trip, maybe years later, you can look back on all the wonderful memories you shared.
Here is the place that is meant to help you keep your tasks organized.
Some tasks must be completed ahead of time, such as booking hotels.
Write in each task into the appropriate box, then mark them off as you complete them.
I hope you have found this Road Trip Planning Activity Guide helpful for planning out your next road trip.
If you have decided it is time to let your teen take the lead and plan it themselves, please leave a comment below to let me know how it went.
I’m excited to learn where you went and how much fun your teen had planning it out.
Still need to download the Road Trip Planning Activity Guide?
Looking for more fun learning ideas for summer? Be sure to check out the article 12 Ways to Keep Kids Learning All Summer – without them even realizing it.
Amazing Adventures Await!