Tips for Family Road Trips
Road trips can be quite fun but for most parents, the thought of traveling for hours with their young ones tucked in the back seat is a nightmare. However, as long as you are adequately prepared, there is no reason why a road trip with young ones can’t be made. If you plan it well, you will most likely have much fun.
Plan on the Route to Take
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. Take a GPS device to assist you to track your route, but if you don’t have one, you can use an online route planner.
An online route planner is very useful if you are visiting multiple destinations. When traveling with young kids, it is necessary that you plan for multiple stops along the way so that they can use the toilet, have something to eat, and stretch their legs.
Make a 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.
Bring along toys, DVDs, games consoles and anything else your kids enjoy. 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.
Plan for the Foods and Drinks
Long road trips can be boring, therefore do not be surprised if your kids eat and drink a little more than usual. To reduce the tedium, you can buy some snacks and drinks like biscuits, fruits, fries, 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 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 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.
It is annoying to have whining kids, but keep your temper in control and enjoy spending the time with your kids.