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 fully prepared, there is no reason why you can’t take a road trip with youngsters tagging along. If you plan it well, you will most likely 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. 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 quite useful if you want to visit different areas. If You are traveling with toddlers, plan for multiple stopovers along the way, so they can use the toilet, get something to eat as well as stretch their legs.
You can plan stopovers after every couple hours. Look at your route and see whether there are any interesting places to 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. If you can make the trip much interesting, the less bored your children will be on the 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
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.
Plan for the Unexpected
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 will be handy for cleaning the kids, and for smaller children, have 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!
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