7 tips for surviving a road trip with kids
Planning a long journey is tough. But planning a long journey when you have young children is near impossible. Here are our 7 top tips to help…
1. Plan your route
Plan regular stops throughout your journey for bathroom breaks and quick run arounds. Short, regular breaks will help them quieten down and focus for the next leg of the journey.
2. Bring snacks
Giving them regular fruit and veg snacks will keep your child happy and full. But you may want to keep some chocolate and crisps handy for when the cheaper and healthier snacks fail to keep the kids calm!
3. Avoid peak time
Start your journey early in the morning or late at night, when the kids are nice and sleepy. This way, not only will you beat the traffic and reduce your journey time, but your children will (hopefully) sleep for the majority of the drive – leaving you with peace and quiet when tackling the brunt of the journey.
4. Get the right rental car
If you’re renting a car, your vehicle of choice can make or break your road trip, and is not something to be overlooked. Look for a car that is the right size for your family and can fit your needs. For example, you may want to make sure it can comfortably and securely fit a booster seat. You’ll also want something more spacious for energetic kids with fidgety legs!
5. Keep an emergency bag within close reach
There’s nothing worse than your child putting on their best outfit, and having clumsy hands spill a drink on themselves; ruining their get-up for the day. Simply pack a bag full of emergency clothes, wet wipes, tissues, and a rubbish bag. Consider adding emergency snacks for those inevitable tantrums for good measure.
6. Play some classic car games
Go back to basics with timeless car games that require nothing but your imagination: “I Spy With My Little Eye”, count the number of red cars, “I’m Going On A Picnic”, or any other old favourites.
7. When all else fails… Use technology
When making car names out of their registrations just won’t cut it anymore, download some educational programmes on a tablet for your kids to watch. This won’t only keep them entertained, but let them learn while they travel too.