Long drives with little ones can be stressful to say the least. Here are some tips to make your next trip fun for the whole family.
Many families love taking road trips during the summer because of the chance to see relatives, explore nature, or visit a fun attraction. However, road trips can end up being less than enjoyable for everyone without the proper foresight and planning. Before you take a road trip with your children, make sure you’ve taken the necessary steps to planning a safe and enjoyable trip for everyone. Here are a few tips to help make your next family road trip the best one yet.
Stock Up on Drinks and Snacks
Road trips take you down long roads without a lot of dining options. Hungry and thirsty children are generally cranky children, so many sure you stock up on some snacks and drinks that you can easily keep in the car. This will also be healthier than fast food, and you can spend the money you would have spent on fast food at your destination.
Make Sure Every Child Has Some Entertainment Options
Different age groups need different types of entertainment. Make sure each of your little ones has a few entertainment options that they can access on their own during the trip. You can make this fun by having each child pack a bag with a few toys, games, or books of their choice. Each child can keep their bag beside them during the trip.
Get Your Car a Checkup
There is nothing worse than being stranded on the side of the road with tired and frustrated children. To avoid any safety issues, make sure that your car is in tip-top shape before you ever take off on your trip. Have a trustworthy mechanic inspect your car for any problems before you leave.
Plan Fun and Active Breaks
You will have to stop for bathroom breaks anyway, so schedule a little extra time into your trip for some active breaks. You can stop at places such as rest stops and playgrounds. The goal is to find a place where your children can run around for a little while and burn off any excess energy. This will go a long way towards helping everyone to stay relaxed and calm during the trip.
Take Turns Driving
Driving while you’re tired can be miserable as well as dangerous. Studies show that drowsy drivers can be just as likely to make driving errors as drunk drivers. If you have another adult with you, make sure to take turns driving. If you’re the only adult in the car, make sure you’re well-rested and take breaks as needed.
Use Defensive Driving Skills
The last thing you want to deal with while on a road trip with your family is a car crash. A crash can be traumatizing, costly, and dangerous for you and your children. In order to minimize your chances of being involved in a crash, make sure you’re using defensive driving skills. Make sure you’re well-rested, don’t drive distracted, and obey the rules of the road.
Plan as Much as You Can in Advance
Most of these tips involve planning ahead, and for good reason. When you have small children in tow, planning ahead can go a long way in reducing stress. By knowing your stops and ETA ahead of time, your entire trip will go that much more smoothly.
Hopefully these tips will help your next family road trip go from stressful to an enjoyable and fun experience for everyone.