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. If you plan it well, you will most likely have much fun.
Have a Route in Mind
Satellite navigation makes life easier because they help people to find their way but modern technology has its setbacks, and there are numerous horror stories of GPS devices leading people dangerously off-course. You can take a GPS device to track your route but if you do not have one, use and online route planner.
An online route planner is quite useful if you want to visit different areas. 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.
You can 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
Be sure to take toys, handled electronic devices like iPads and game consoles, DVDs and anything else that your child enjoys. Do not forget to pack their favorite cuddly toy and a blanket to use when they are ready to take a nap. It is okay to pack coloring books for older children.
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. 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 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.
Be ready for the Unexpected Occurrences
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. 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.