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. In fact, if you plan it well, you are likely to 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. 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 very useful if you are visiting multiple destinations. 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 your route and see whether there are any interesting places to visit along the way. You can consider child-friendly attraction sites, famous landmarks, or anywhere of interest. If you can make the trip much interesting, the less bored your children will be on the 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. For older kids, you can take coloring books and crayons.
Have a Plan for Food 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. Bring along diluted fruit juice in sip bottles and cups and if the weather is warm, carry a large bottle of water. 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. You can carry a change of clothes in the event of accidents or illness and some bags for 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.
It is annoying to have whining kids, but keep your temper in control and enjoy spending the time with your kids.