5 Lessons Learned: Trips

Great Tips for Taking Family Road Trips

Despite the fact that road trips are fun, for many parents, the thought of traveling with their toddlers in the back seat is a nightmare. However, as long as you are adequately prepared, there is no reason why a road trip with young ones can’t be made. 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. Take a GPS device to assist you to track your route, but if you don’t have one, you can use an 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 to stop every couple hours. Look at the road you are traveling and see if there are some interesting places that you can visit along the way. You can consider child-friendly attraction sites, famous landmarks, or anywhere of interest. The more interesting you make the journey, the less the kids will be on your road trip.

Have an Entertainment Plan at Hand
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
Long road trips are boring, so do not be surprised if your children drink and eat 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 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.

Plan for the Unexpected
When traveling with the toddlers you can expect the unexpected. Ensure that you pack a change of clean clothes in case an accident or sickness occurs, along with some bags to put the soiled clothing. You can include a packet of wet wipes to clean the kids and the car, and for the smaller kids, take some disposable diapers and a travel potty.

Whining kids are annoying, but losing your temper won’t better the situation; keep smiling no matter what.