22 Lessons Learned: Trips

Great Tips for Taking 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.

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. 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 stopovers after every couple hours. Take a look at your root to identify 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.

Entertainment
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.

Food and Drinks
Long road trips can be boring, therefore do not be surprised if your kids eat and drink a little 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. You can buy extra snacks along the way, but is only sensible that you carry enough food in case you do not get a good place to eat on your route.

Be ready for the Unexpected Occurrences
When traveling with kids, be ready for the unexpected. Take a change of clothes in case of sickness or accidents, along with bags to put these soiled clothes. 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.