4 Great 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. Actually, if you can plan it correctly, you might even have 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. 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 the road you are traveling and see if there are some interesting places that you can 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. To keep your kids less bored during your road trip, try making the journey as interesting as possible.
Bring along toys, DVDs, games consoles and anything else your kids enjoy. 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 are boring, so do not be surprised if your children drink and eat more than usual. Snacks and drinks can help in relieving the tedium; pack some fruits, biscuits, potato chips 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. 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
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.