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Moving can be a royal pain, especially if it’s a long-distance move. The stress of moving can be hard on everybody in the family. On the other hand, it might be possible to make lemonade out of lemons and use the move as an excuse for a family road trip. If you’re moving to another state, there is bound to be some place worth visiting along the way. So why not visit several attractions and take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks traveling?

Plan Your Route

Let’s say you’re moving from Chicago to Los Angeles. There will be lots of possible attractions along the way. Make a wish list of places to visit, and any neighboring hotels or inns. Just make sure to remember that you will be traveling as well as touring. Some attractions, like the Grand Canyon or Disney World, are destinations that, if you pass by them, that you might regret not stopping and visiting later on. For places like those, you should definitely plan on spending at least a day or two there. The local zoo or museum, by contrast, will probably take only a few hours to visit and are great places to go to just to get out of the car and stretch out your legs.

Talk to The Movers

Arrange to have the movers transport the bulk of your belongings for you. A moving company like Bekins Van Lines Inc can take care of everything for you, so you can enjoy your road trip without having to worry about taking care of all of your stuff on the way to your new home. If you choose that option, though, you’ll want to keep some things with you. For example, you’ll need several changes of clothes for every person in your family, swim suits, and a few fun items out for your trip. Keep these items in your car or otherwise separate from the bulk of your belongings.

Turn Your Car Into A Movie Theater

Let’s face it, you’re going to have to spend a lot of time in the car no matter how many times you stop. Because of this, you should make sure to have a portable DVD player and lots of extra batteries so that you can pass the time by watching everyone’s favorite movies. Along with that idea, you’re going to need to have lots of snacks. Some good ones would be things like gummies, bagged popcorn and licorice.

Plan a Pit Stop

No matter how much fun you’re having, people are bound to get tired. Pick a location or two where you will stay for the whole day and recharge your batteries. You can visit a friend or relative who lives along the way, or you can spend the day lazing around at a lake or a beach. Many lakes and beaches are free, and so those are especially good locations for your family if you are on a budget.

Pick Attractions That Everybody Will Like

Small children and older adults may not be up for anything that involves a lot of hiking. Art museums may bore the little ones, and miniature golf courses may strike teenagers as hopelessly corny. Also be open to the unexpected. If your kids have never seen cows up close before, for instance, then why not check out the dairy farm that’s on the way?

Road trips can be very enjoyable. With some planning, you can have a lot of fun exploring some places during your move.