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. The the only thing that is needed is adequate preparedness, and you can take the trip with the young children. In fact, if you plan it well, you are likely to have much fun.
Plan on the Route to Take
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 very useful if you are visiting multiple destinations. If you are traveling with young children, it is wise that you plan multiple stops along the way, so that they can stretch their legs, get something to eat, and also use the toilet.
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. 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.
You can bring with you toys, DVDs, electronic devices such as iPads and games consoles, as well as anything else that your child enjoys. Remember to take their favorite cuddly toy and a blanket for use when they are ready to sleep. It is okay to bring coloring books and crayons 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. To reduce the tedium, you can buy some snacks and drinks like biscuits, fruits, fries, and sandwiches. 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. 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.
Be ready for the Unexpected Occurrences
Expect the unexpected when traveling with young kids. 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. 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.
While having whining kids is annoying, do not lose your temper instead enjoy appending time with your children and have fun!