If you are planning a road trip then you just might want to consider these reasons to make pit stops a priority. Even Sally Clarkson in her book The Lifegiving Home talks about the importance of pit stops!
The first rest area in a state has hotel coupons and tourist guides.
If you are headed far from home you may need some guidance as far as hotel stays or nearby attractions. While most of our trips are planned way in advance due to them being press trips occasionally we take an impromptu getaway where this tip is very useful.
Stretching your legs is important for all ages.
When I was talking about this post with Riley he mentioned that his driver’s ed teacher said to drive 2 and take 10. As a teenager he thought that it was silly to stop every 2 hours to rest for 10 minutes but now as a parent of 4 children we both know how important this tip is. Taking a mental break and getting to stretch your legs helps both your mental and physical state of well-being.
Everyone needs a chance to potty!
Rest areas often provide a clean area to use the restroom. We will sometimes stop and get food through a drive-thru and one parent runs kids in to potty but a rest area is much quicker with fewer distractions to buy unwanted items. This can save your tight budget and from hearing whining kids begging for a $10 stuffed animal!
Fresh air and a bite to eat keep the natives from getting restless.
We often try to pack at least one meal or lots of healthy snacks for road trips. We usually are sure to pack jerky sticks, cheese sticks, peanut butter and cracker packs as well as dried fruits and nuts. Fresh fruit it packed only if we bring a bigger soft sided cooler and kids agree to eat said fruit. Rest areas provide nice picnic areas along grassy paths to enjoy a lunch or quick snack plus have trash cans to leave your trash behind.
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