Tips For Successful Road Trips With KidsTuesday, August 23, 2016
Summer road trips are the best! You get to spend some quality time with the little ones and visit some awesome places along the way. But one wrong move or a silly mistake can ruin all the fun. Here are a few simple ways to make your road trip enjoyable and unforgettable (in a good way!).
Wear Comfortable Clothes
Anyone traveling on a long journey should be dressed in loose-fitting, comfy clothes, whether you are the driver or a passenger. This doesn't necessarily mean putting the kids in the in their pajamas unless you are planning to travel at night without stopping much.
If your children are anything like my two, they will want to choose their own outfits. Just guide them towards a more comfortable option. My girls like leggings or gym shorts and a t-shirt. Bottoms with a stretchy waistband will make it a lot more comfortable to sit for a long time. It's a good idea to layer items of clothing, so it's easy for them to remove when they are too warm or too cool.
Do Not Forget The Car Seats
Making sure the kids are comfortable sitting in the back is essential for long car trips. If they aren't comfortable, you will definitely know about it a few miles into the trip.
For babies its essentials that you use a car seat for comfort and safety. Its best to pick one that you can use with a stroller, so it's easy to transfer baby from the car to the outside with the minimum of fuss. Read one of the most comprehensive reviews of the Chicco Keyfit 30, to get an idea of the specification that you should be looking for.
Older kids that are still quite small will need a booster seat. This will allow them to see out the window and makes sure that their lap belt is placed correctly.
Even kids that don't need a car seat at all can appreciate a travel pillow so that they can sleep some of the most boring parts of the journey away.
A good supply of snacks and water is a must. It's better to take some healthy travel size items with you so that the kids won't ask for chips and candy at every gas station along the way.
Travel sizes are also good because they are portioned into small calorie amounts. This makes sure the kids are not too full when you do come to stop for a meal.
Long road trips = a recipe for quick boredom. A sticker or coloring book works well. Or you can download some movies and favorite TV shows on your mobile device and the let the kids watch those. Books and novels are also a great alternative to movies and coloring books as long as reading the car doesn't cause car sickness.