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 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 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. 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.
Bring along toys, DVDs, games consoles and anything else your kids enjoy. Remember to take their favorite cuddly toy and a blanket for use when they are ready to sleep. For older kids, you can take coloring books and crayons.
Plan for the Foods 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 help in reducing this tedium, and you can pack some fries, sandwiches, fruits, and cookies. You can also take some diluted juice in sip cups and bottles and include a large bottle of water if it is hot. 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
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 will be handy for cleaning the kids, and for smaller children, have 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.