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 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 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. 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. 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 to stop 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.
Have an Entertainment Plan at Hand
Bring along toys, DVDs, games consoles and anything else your kids enjoy. 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.
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 can help in relieving the tedium; pack some fruits, biscuits, potato chips and sandwiches. 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 is only sensible that you carry enough food in case you do not get a good place to eat on your route.
Plan for the Unexpected
When traveling with the toddlers you can expect 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.