Tips for 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.
Plan a Route
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 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 stopovers after 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. You can consider child-friendly attraction sites, famous landmarks, or anywhere of interest. To keep your kids less bored during your road trip, try making the journey as interesting as possible.
Plan on the Entertainment
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
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 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. The rest of the snacks can be bought along the way, but it is wise to carry with you enough food in case you don’t get a good place to eat on your route.
Be ready for the Unexpected Occurrences
Expect the unexpected when traveling with young kids. 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.