I know you must be excited because your child is finally at an age where a family road trip can be taken together. But just because they are at an age where you can take a family road trip with them doesn’t mean the trip itself will be easy.
No worries, we understand planning and traveling with a child in tow can become quite difficult to do, however, we have some tips for you that will help make this an enjoyable road trip with the kids. Who says a road trip can’t be fun and hassle-free.
Traveling with children is sure to have its own set of trials and tribulations, but you can navigate them with ease and not crumble under the pressure. Our tips are sure to give you peace of mind and an easy going family vacation.
Take your time and make this family vacation one full of enjoyable memories for you and your children!
Bring movies for the ride
Children don’t necessarily need to be exposed to a lot of screen time, but an option that you may want to implement during your road trip is movies. Consider bringing movies along during your trip to the destination.
Not only is it a way to entertain your children it is also a way to make the trip pass quicker. And the majority of the time that you put a movie in to keep your kids preoccupied it ends with them taking a nap which also gives you an extra thirty minutes to an hour of easy travel time.
Bring some type of bucket
You may be thinking that the bucket is for your child toys well it’s not. It’s in case your child gets car sick or motion sick easily then they will have a bucket to throw up in without making a mess of the backseat.
It can also be for used tissues and other contaminated materials in case your child is sick. And on the plus, some a bucket can easily be cleaned and placed back in the backseat for your children’s use.
Even if your child doesn’t get sick the pail can be used as a makeshift trash can for your kids to use in the backseat.
Listen to music during the trip
Music will definitely make the journey not only smoother, but it will make it much more fun as well. And you can have a karaoke type of sing along with your kids when you bring music along for the ride. You can also use music as a way of getting into the culture of your destination.
Also, being that babies are at such a young age now is the time to expose them to a different language. It is easier for them to learn different languages right now and what better way to learn a language than through music.
Bring a safety kit
Traveling with children can be unpredictable and that’s why it is important to have a safety kit that you are bringing on the road. It should have all of the essentials that you need such as bandages, bandaids, alcohol pads, gauze, q tips, antibiotic, and other first aid essentials that you may need.
Being prepared can not only cut down on having to stop during the trip it can also be the difference between an extra expense such as purchasing a kit from the convenience store or a trip to the emergency room for some gauze. Like is said kids are unpredictable and that doesn’t mean you have to be unprepared.
Bring snacks and a meal
Children are notorious for being hungry doing trips as are adults so it is essential that you bring snacks for you and your children to eat. Not only does it mean that you don’t have to stop frequently to purchase snacks it also saves you from having to find snacks that you may enjoy in a foreign place.
When you bring your own snacks you can guarantee that it is something your child will enjoy eating. Snacks are a necessary component of taking a family trip; it should always be something that you include in your packing and vacation plans.
Don’t go overboard
Vacations are supposed to be fun and enjoyable for everyone involved so the advice that we have to give to you about it is to not go overboard. This pertains to packing, traveling, and scheduling. When you have children the best thing you can give them on a trip is to be flexible.
Having a flexible and open mind makes it less likely that you or your children will become stressed out whilst traveling. It also helps you to keep in mind that your child is young, which means they don’t have the same amount of patience or attention span that you would expect an adult to have.