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. If you plan it well, you will most likely have much fun.
Have a Route in Mind
Satnavs make life easier since they ensure that you do not get lost, but modern technology is not enough dependable, not with the many horror stories of GPS devices leading people 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 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 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. To keep your kids less bored during your road trip, try making the journey as interesting as possible.
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. Don’t forget to pack your kids’ blanket and favorite cuddly toy for when they are ready to take a nap. It is okay to pack coloring books for older children.
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. 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.
Plan for the Unexpected
When traveling with the toddlers you can expect the unexpected. Ensure that you pack a change of clean clothes in case an accident or sickness occurs, along with some bags to put the soiled clothing. A pack of wet wipes can be useful for cleaning the children and the car, and for the smaller children, bring some disposable diapers and a travel potty.
Whining kids are annoying, but losing your temper won’t better the situation; keep smiling no matter what.