Tips for Family Road Trips
Road trips can be quite fun but for most parents, the thought of traveling for hours with their young ones tucked in the back seat is a nightmare. However, as long as you are fully prepared, there is no reason why you can’t take a road trip with youngsters tagging along. Actually, if you can plan it correctly, you might even have fun.
Have a Route in Mind
While satellite navigation devices make life easier by ensuring that you don’t get lost, modern technology is not infallible, and there are many horror stories of GPS devices failing and leading people dangerously off-course. Take a GPS device to assist you to track your route, but if you don’t have one, you can use an online route planner.
An online route planner is quite useful if you want to visit different areas. When traveling with young kids, it is necessary that you plan for multiple stops along the way so that they can use the toilet, have something to eat, and stretch their legs.
Make a plan to stop every couple hours. Look at the road you are traveling and see if there are some interesting places that you can visit along the way. Famous landmarks, kids-friendly attractions, or any place that is of interest is right for a rest stop. The more interesting you make the journey, the less the kids will be on your road trip.
Be sure to take toys, handled electronic devices like iPads and game consoles, DVDs and anything else that your child enjoys. Do not forget to pack their favorite cuddly toy and a blanket to use when they are ready to take a nap. For older kids, you can take coloring books and crayons.
Plan for the Foods and Drinks
Long road trips are boring, so do not be surprised if your children drink and eat more than usual. To reduce the tedium, you can buy some snacks and drinks like biscuits, fruits, fries, and sandwiches. You can also take some diluted juice in sip cups and bottles and include a large bottle of water if it is hot. You can buy extra snacks along the way, but it is good to take food and drink enough for the trip just in case you don’t find a good place to eat along the way.
Plan for the Unexpected
When traveling with the toddlers you can expect the unexpected. Take a change of clothes in case of sickness or accidents, along with bags to put these soiled clothes. A pack of wet wipes can be useful for cleaning the children and the car, and for the smaller children, bring some disposable diapers and a travel potty.
While having whining kids is annoying, do not lose your temper instead enjoy appending time with your children and have fun!