Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Key To Having a Successful Road Trip With The Kids

Image by Ronald Plett from Pixabay 

You're going to face many parenting challenges in your lifetime and traveling a long distance in the car
with the kids is one of them...okay one of the less serious ones, but still. Being stuck in a confined
space with your kids for a long time can be stressful. However, with a little bit of planning and
preparation, a long journey can be a lot of fun as much a part of the holiday like every other bit.

What To Pack
The first thing to do when packing is to make a list of all the things you are going to need. For a long
journey, it's a good idea to pack a small bag with clothes in for the next day, some pajamas and
toothbrush - basically, an overnight bag which will be easier for when you arrive at your destination
and then you can take your time the next day unpacking and sorting all your things out. Make sure
you have a pillow and a blanket in the car for the kids to keep them warm, and for if they want to fall

What To Do In The Car?
Snacking in the car keeps everyone happy; it gives you all something to do and also keeps the kids
quiet. Get a mix of healthy snacks, some sweet and some savory, as too much sugar on a long car
journey could get the kids a bit too giddy.  

Make sure you have a good selection of music as this will also stop everyone getting bored. Get your
kids to make some playlists before you go so that they get what they want and there's something for
everyone. Portable DVD players or iPads are useful for long car journeys too; so if you get some
comfy headphones too then everyone's a winner - you can listen to what you want to, and the kids
will be entertained with whatever they want.   

Games for everyone to play are good to pass the time too. Eye Spy, Twenty Questions and I'm Going
On A Picnic are all games which can be played with no equipment, just you and your imagination.
There are also plenty of travel games you can buy, and if you ask your children to pack their
backpacks with their own activities in then, this gives them less reason to complain that there's
nothing to do. Be prepared to get stuck in traffic, so make sure you have more than enough games
and ideas to cover all eventualities. 

Schedule Stops
Plan for stops en route and make sure you have time for them. Check out your route beforehand and
see if there's anywhere, that would be fun to stop off at on the way. Aside from toilet stops or food
breaks, there could be an attraction on the way which would get the holiday off to a good start or
even just a park to play in where everyone can stretch their legs. 

If you're traveling for a long period, then it might be a good idea to go overnight and have a good rest
in between. It will be less stressful to know you have somewhere nice to stay and get a good sleep.
When you arrive you'll be refreshed and ready to enjoy the holiday, plus it's something to look forward
to on the way.

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