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Road trips can be a blast, with adventure ahead and new destinations to take in along the way, but if you have ever tried a road trip with kids, you may know these do not always go to plan.
Everything from the whining for food and the constant ‘Are we there yet?’ and ‘How much longer?’, or the bickering in the backseat from being in close confines for too long.
Road trips with kids can be a disaster unless you plan ahead.
6 TIPS FOR SURVIVING ROAD TRIPS WITH KIDS
Kids have smaller stomachs than us so chances are they get hungry a lot more often. They also like to snack out of boredom sometimes too, so having an abundance of good food for a road trip with kids is essential.
Giving the kids a chance to stop and stretch their legs makes a huge difference when taking a road trip with kids.
They are often not great at sitting still for long periods so be sure to take breaks for meals and toilet stops, as well as some just because stops if everyone is getting restless.
If travelling by car, this is good for the drivers too. As they say – Revive and Survive.
Depending on the age of your kids, they may enjoy some travel-friendly activities, such as colouring books, busy bags or having some favourite toys to play with. Sure it may get a little messy, but happy kids = happy parents.
Creating your owntravel activity packs is a great option and this is something we also do when we fly as well as for long car trips.
If they bore of the non-electronic forms of entertainment, it may be time to pull out the technology. An iPod or iPad, gaming device or other tech gadgets can provide a lot of amusement and a bit of downtime along the way.
It may not be ideal for family travel bonding, but chances are it will keep them quiet for a while and that is refreshing.
Ensuring your kids are comfortable is a big factor in encouraging rest time. If you have room, pack a pillow and even a blanket for them so they can take some time to shut their eyes and have a nap if they desire.
Travelling for long periods is exhausting, plus it may make them less irritable than trying to over-stimulate them with entertainment the whole way.
If all that fails, you can always turn up the music loud and drown out the noise of bickering and moaning in the background… I’m kidding!
Road Trip Inspiration
Need some new ideas for your next family road trip? Here are a few: