Road trips are fun, but many parents find it a nightmare traveling with toddlers in the back seat of their cars. However, as long as you are adequately prepared, there is no reason why a road trip with young ones can’t be made. If you plan it well, you will most likely have much fun.
Have a Route in Mind
Satellite navigation makes life easier because they help people to find their way but modern technology has its setbacks, and there are numerous horror stories of GPS devices leading people dangerously off-course. Use a GPS device to track your route but in case you don’t have one, you can use an online route planner instead.
Online route planner is handy if you want to get to different 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 stopovers after every couple hours. Look at your route and see whether there are any interesting places to visit along the way. Famous landmarks, kids-friendly attractions, or any place that is of interest is right for a rest stop. If you can make the trip much interesting, the less bored your children will be on the road trip.
Plan on the Entertainment
Be sure to take toys, handled electronic devices like iPads and game consoles, DVDs and anything else that your child enjoys. Do not forget to pack their favorite cuddly toy and a blanket to use when they are ready to take a nap. It is okay to pack coloring books for older children.
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 help in reducing this tedium, and you can pack some fries, sandwiches, fruits, and cookies. You can also take some diluted juice in sip cups and bottles and include a large bottle of water if it is hot. You can buy extra snacks along the way, but is only sensible that you carry enough food in case you do not get a good place to eat on your route.
Plan for the Unexpected
When traveling with kids, be ready for the unexpected. Take a change of clothes in case of sickness or accidents, along with bags to put these soiled clothes. A pack of wet wipes can be useful for cleaning the children and the car, and for the smaller children, bring 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.