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. The the only thing that is needed is adequate preparedness, and you can take the trip with the young children. In fact, if you plan it well, you are likely to have much fun.
Plan a Route
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. Use a GPS device to track your route but in case you don’t have one, you can use an online route planner instead.
An online route planner is quite useful if you want to visit different areas. 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.
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.
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 pack coloring books for older children.
Have a Plan for 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 help in reducing this tedium, and you can pack some fries, sandwiches, fruits, and cookies. You additionally can take some diluted fruit juice in sip bottles, and cups and a bring a large bottle of water if the weather is hot. You can buy extra snacks along the way, but is only sensible that you carry enough food in case you do not get a good place to eat on your route.
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.
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