Great Tips for Taking Family Road Trips
Road trips are fun, but many parents find it a nightmare traveling with toddlers in the back seat of their cars. 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. You can take a GPS device to track your route but if you do not have one, use and online route planner.
Online route planner is handy if you want to get to different destinations. If you are traveling with young children, it is wise that you plan multiple stops along the way, so that they can stretch their legs, get something to eat, and also use the toilet.
You can 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. To keep your kids less bored during your road trip, try making the journey as interesting as possible.
Be sure to take toys, handled electronic devices like iPads and game consoles, DVDs and anything else that your child enjoys. Remember to take their favorite cuddly toy and a blanket for use when they are ready to sleep. It is okay to pack coloring books for older children.
Food and Drinks
Long road trips are boring, so do not be surprised if your children drink and eat more than usual. Snacks and drinks can help in relieving the tedium; pack some fruits, biscuits, potato chips and sandwiches. Bring along diluted fruit juice in sip bottles and cups and if the weather is warm, carry a large bottle of water. 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 kids, be ready for the unexpected. You can carry a change of clothes in the event of accidents or illness and some bags for the soiled clothing. You can include a packet of wet wipes to clean the kids and the car, and for the smaller kids, take some disposable diapers and a travel potty.
Whining kids are annoying, but losing your temper won’t better the situation; keep smiling no matter what.