Are you planning to take a road trip with your family? Depending on how long the trip is, and how young the kids are, things can get kinda hectic. Having a plan, lots of snacks, and some entertainment will help you have the time of your life on this vacation! Here are a few Travel Tips for Families on the move!
Plug all of your stops – and your destination – into your GPS, or Mapquest, before you leave the house. Having an outline of your trip ahead of time will help you stay on track. Whether you want to hit all of the tourist spots or travel like locals, a GPS will help ensure you have the most fun on your trip because you’ll be able to spend less time getting lost or trying to figure out where you want to go next.
Plan your stops, but allow extra time in case there’s traffic getting there, a line once you arrive, or any of the other things that can – and will – happen while you’re traveling. When planning stops, keep each family member in mind. If one kid likes museums and another likes parks, plan on stopping at both to keep everyone happy. Add in a stop for Mom and Dad, too.
Pack tons of snacks and drinks. If you think you should pack 10, pack 20. I like stuff like trail mix, string cheese, fruit, granola bars, and fruit snacks for older kids. The last thing you need is one of the kids choking in the back seat while you’re trying to drive, right?
Keep Lysol wipes and paper towels on hand. Spills are bound to happen. Preparing for them can ease frustrations a bit.
Make sure you have a list of emergency numbers – written down, not just stored in your cell phones. Include numbers such as AAA or your roadside assistance, parents and/or in-laws in case of emergency, and doctor office phone numbers for the kids. While we already have those in our phones, phones can die or lose service or get dropped and break, so you’ve gotta have a backup plan. Even though we hope and pray it doesn’t worst case scenarios do happen every day. Cell phones are often lost when accidents happen because we keep them on the center console where they are unsecured and can fly to locations unknown including out a window!
If you’re traveling with kids, you’re going to have to make quite a few stops. That’s just how it works! When you’re stressed out, the kids get whiny and stressed out, and the road trip turns into a chore rather than an adventure. Being flexible will save you huge headaches while you’re on the road.
Keep them entertained
How many “Are we there yet?”s until we’re actually there? That’s what every parent is thinking when they’re on a long road trip with children! Keep the whole family happy with these 10 Tips to getting Kids to Unplug on Road Trips, playing I Spy, decks of cards, handheld video games, and sing-along CDs (with headphones!). You can make your own car games with magnets and cookie sheets, or browse Pinterest before your trip for other ideas. Check out these sensory bottles for another great way to keep younger ones busy.
Traveling as a family can be stressful, but you’re creating memories that will last a lifetime! Keeping the plan in mind while remaining flexible is key to traveling with less worry.