Traveling with kids is always a challenge. Even the best-behaved little one can get restless after a few hours in the car. There are some tips and tricks that can help you have a sane, fun road trip. Try a few of them out on your next vacation!
A bored child is an unhappy child! Bringing toys, books, and little games is a great way to keep kids busy. I’ve found that purchasing a small bag of new to them toys from the dollar store keeps their interest even longer. We only bring those toys out during car rides, so they keep their novelty. Another timeless favorite is to listen to an audio book.
Don’t Let Hunger Strike!
Bad moods tend to strike when hunger is present. Bringing healthy snacks that fill tiny tummies is a simple way to fight the munchies. Cheese and meat sticks, fruit, and granola bars are easy to eat and contain lots of protein so they’ll stay full until you hit your destination.
Play a Game
Those car games that you used to play as a kid worked for a reason! They kept you busy and gave you something to think about besides the long ride. Car games are a timeless tradition and are a simple way to create a happy atmosphere. My personal favorites are I Spy, license plate scavenger hunts and 20 Questions. You can also purchase portable games like checkers and tic-tac-toe.
Make Rest Easy
Sleep will not only make time pass faster, but it will also make sure your family is able to fully enjoy themselves. Bring along a favorite blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal to make rest come easy. You may not be able to completely mimic bedtime routines, but having a few comfort objects along for the ride makes sleeping easier.
Careful planning can eliminate a lot of road trip frustrations. Create a loose itinerary to help your kids (and yourself!) know what to expect. Plan for any bathroom stops, snack breaks and attractions along the way. Make sure that you have items for any situation like medicines, extra clothes, and umbrellas. Planning ahead makes sure that you’re able to fully enjoy your trip without the stress of forgetting something!
Road trips don’t have to be the chaotic scene shown in most movies. You can have a peaceful, fun-filled time by using some of these tips. What’s your favorite road trip hack?