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 adequately prepared, there is no reason why a road trip with young ones can’t be made. In fact, if you plan it well, you are likely to have much 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. 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.
You can plan to stop every couple hours. Take a look at your root to identify interesting places that you can visit along the way. These could be any famous landmarks, child-friendly attractions, or any right place of interest that is good for a rest stop. The more interesting you make the journey, the less the kids will be on your road trip.
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. Don’t forget to pack your kids’ blanket and favorite cuddly toy for when they are ready to take a nap. For older kids, you can take coloring books and crayons.
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. To reduce the tedium, you can buy some snacks and drinks like biscuits, fruits, fries, and sandwiches. 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 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. 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.
While having whining kids is annoying, do not lose your temper instead enjoy appending time with your children and have fun!