Tips for Traveling with Kids

Family road trips can be a fun time for bonding with your kids and learning about each other’s likes and dislikes. On the flip side of the coin, it can be a tormenting ordeal that makes you wish you could burry yourself alive each time you hear your kids say ‘mommy are we there yet?”. The good news is that with a little planning, preparation, and creativity, road trips can be an educational, fun, and sane experience. Here are some tips that will make a road trip with your little ones fun and interesting. Actually, with good preparation and planning, you may come to prefer road trips to traveling by plane.

  • The first stop that will make your time with kids on the road fun and interesting is to leave very early in the morning, hopefully before breakfast at the wee hours when there is no traffic in town. This way, you will be able to drive for several hours while the little ones will still be sleeping in the car. Once they are all awake, you can then stop for breakfast.
  • It is advisable to buy your kids a new toy specifically for the trip, and only allow them to use it while in the car. This way, they may not get bored with seeing the same old toy day in day out.
  • If your car does not have a DVD player, ensure you carry a portable one with you. Depending on the length of the road trip, ensure you pack several DVDs that will keep your little ones entertained throughout. It would be even better if you bought a couple of new DVDs so you can keep their attention.
  • Ensure you pack a cooler and stock up as many of your kids’ favorite snacks, sandwiches, and drinks as possible. Ensure the cooler is at an arm’s reach in the car so that you can be able to reach it and get out something as and when they need it. Remember that packing your own snacks and foods as well can save you a substantial amount of money in the long run.
  • Stop after every 3-4 hours to give your kids a much-needed break and breathe of fresh air. Especially if you have small kids on board. Something as simple as stopping at a gas station and allowing everyone out of the car to stretch for several minutes will work wonders. Remember that kids do not have an idea of time, three hours sited in a car seems like forever to a kid, and it can be very easy for them to get bored.
  • Carry plenty of blankets and pillows because kids are more likely to sleep (and avoid boredom) in a car if they are relaxed and comfortable.
  • If you plan to stop over along the way for a night before going on with your road trip the next day, you might want to pack all that you will require for that night in one bag. This way you wouldn’t need to upload the entire car once you get to your hotel. It is preferable to get a big bag that will accommodate all the things you will need for the stopover night. 

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  1. These are some great tips for traveling. I know when we take a road trip with the kids I have to make sure that I leave early in the morning. Then the kids will take a long nap early afternoon. I also bring my iPad with me instead of a DVD player. That way the kids have more options. They can play games, watch movies, and watch TV through my provider/employer DISH Network. I have the sling adapter hooked up to my receiver and that gives me access to all our subscription channels from anywhere we are at. The kids love that they can watch all their favorite shows live from anywhere we are at. I just strap it to the headrest and they kids stay happy the whole way.

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