Going on a family road trip can be a memorable experience for all of you. However, as the Oswalds famously proved, sometimes our expectations don’t always pan out into reality.
Hitting the road with your kids makes things more complicated. Kids have more needs and requirements than most adults do. As a result, things can get stressful, and you may struggle with overcoming common challenges. The last thing you want to worry about it potentially getting into an accident because of two fighting kids.
Before you go on a road trip with your kids, take a look at some of the best tips for making it a more comfortable experience.
Drive At Night
One of the easiest ways to keep your kids from getting restless is to drive at night. This can be especially helpful for kids who are under three. Not only will they be more at peace, but so will you.
While you do the majority of the driving, they can sleep peacefully in the backseat. Sleeping children mean that you can talk with the other adult, and enjoy a little quiet time during the trip.
Play Car Games
It’s important to remember that vacations are supposed to be fun. Take time during the road trip to play games with your children. Kids crave entertainment, which is hard to provide in a car.
Although you may have packed activities like tablets and coloring books, they can easily cause car sickness. Allow them to use their imaginations and avoid vomit in the car by getting them involved in games.
Teach them your favorite childhood car games and have fun yourself.
Pack Smart Snacks
Think carefully about what kind of snacks you pack for the road. There’s nothing worse than the world’s crumbliest granola bar in the back seat of a car.
Also, consider the smells involved with the snacks you pack. Things like tuna sandwiches, or boiled eggs are probably going to stink up your car. Packing things like apple slices, crackers, and string cheese are healthy yet not too messy.
Carry An Emergency Kit
There’s no telling what can happen on the road far from any stores or pharmacies. It’s helpful to pack an emergency kit full of anything that you might need.
Everything from extra water to bandaids can come in handy. Don’t forget to pack things like a spare tire and oil for your car too!
Map Out Your Pit Stops
Pit stops are a critical part of taking a road trip. It helps to anticipate where you’ll take them before you go. That way, you don’t risk getting lost or wasting precious driving time trying to find a place to stop.
By following these tips, hopefully, you can have a great road trip free of hours of “are we there yet’s.” Don’t leave your trip to chance. Prepare ahead of time, and you should keep your kids happy and entertained during the trip.