When you think about going on a road trip with your kids, you may quietly cringe inside. Because you already know that it’s going to be stressful. The kids will get bored, hungry, and need to stop for potty breaks more than you would like them too. And that’s enough to put you off from going on a road trip with the entire family anytime soon. But what if we told you that you could actually make it easy and enjoyable? What if you knew exactly how to plan and prepare so that hitting the road with the kids in tow is actually cool and not chaotic? It would be cool, right? So let’s take a look at what you can do to make this happen.
Plan The Timings Well
You may not realize it, but you could actually be setting yourself up to fail before you get started. Because if you hit the road at the wrong time, it’s going to be hard on you. However, if you can time it well, you might even be able to get it so that your younger children nap and fall asleep for most of the journey. Then, you won’t even have to worry about any of the issues, because they’re asleep! So if you can nail this, go for it. If not, our other four points should have you covered.
So your kids seem to get hungry every thirty minutes in the car? Don’t sweat it, just come prepared! And be careful what you pack too. Because you don’t want to fill them with sugar so that they’re freaking out in their car seats (scary stuff). Instead, you need to pack appropriate road trip snacks that are going to fill them up, give them energy, be easy to eat, and still be healthy. Granola bars, mini muffins, fruits, and veggies are best for this.
Prepare Some Entertainment
If your kids seem to get bored easily, you’re going to want to make sure that you take their attention from the start. Okay, so sitting them in front of a movie or letting them play games could work, but what if we’re talking hours? Then you’re going to need road trip activities that they’ll love. From reading and playing car games to following the map and even coloring, this could be a great way to actually have fun on the road.
Make Sure They’re Safe
At the same time, you definitely want to make sure that they’re kept safe too. And you may assume that you have this covered, but you’re definitely going to want to look for more details on the right seats. That way, you can find something for the right ages, and that will keep your kids safe on the trip too.
And Just Take Your Time
Finally, you’re going to want to get yourself into a relaxed mindset. Because when you’re stressed out from the start, it’s never going to be a great trip. But when you know that you’re going to take your time and just enjoy the ride, it will be so much less stressful – enjoyable in fact.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.