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. If you plan it well, you will most likely have much fun.
Plan on the Route to Take
Satellite navigation makes life easier because they help people to find their way but modern technology has its setbacks, and there are numerous horror stories of GPS devices 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.
An online route planner is very useful if you are visiting multiple destinations. If You are traveling with toddlers, plan for multiple stopovers along the way, so they can use the toilet, get something to eat as well as stretch their legs.
You can plan to stop every couple hours. Look at your route and see whether there are any interesting places to 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.
Have an Entertainment Plan at Hand
You can bring with you toys, DVDs, electronic devices such as iPads and games consoles, as well as anything else that your child enjoys. Don’t forget to pack your kids’ blanket and favorite cuddly toy for when they are ready to take a nap. It is okay to bring coloring books and crayons for older children.
Plan for the Foods and Drinks
Road trips that are long can be boring, therefore, do not be surprised if your children eat and drink more than usual. Snacks and drinks help in reducing this tedium, and you can pack some fries, sandwiches, fruits, and cookies. 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 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. 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.
It is annoying to have whining kids, but keep your temper in control and enjoy spending the time with your kids.