Long journeys – especially not those involving cars are not really the best match with young children, but it really doesn’t have to be all bad if you approach it in the right way. So, whether you’re going to making a vacation out of your trip or it’s just one you have to take out of necessity, then we’re going to share with you some tips on how to make a road trip with children more bearable so that you can even all enjoy the road trip and not have completely stressed each other out by the time you’ve arrived at your destination.
As with everything, it’s always going to be easier if you take some time to make something of a plan. This can include the route you’re going to take that you can later plug into your navigation system, and it can also include things like getting your car a safety check and maybe even cleaned before you leave. If you want to make sure you’re not going to get any unwelcome surprises when you return, then you could also consider getting a dash cam installed in your car for extra safety and to prevent against speeding when the roads are not so clear on the limit, but they may have hidden cameras. If you’ve never used a dash cam before, then there are plenty of resources online such as the Blackbox my car list of best dash cams to help you find the right one for you and your family.
Take plenty of snacks:
Not only is it good to stay hydrated and well-fed when on long journeys, but the food at gas stations and rest stops is, not only unhealthy, but grossly overpriced, so you should instead bring plenty of healthy drinks and snacks for yourself and the children that will also go a long way to keeping them happy and occupied during the journey.
Take plenty of entertainment:
Whether we like to admit it or not, young children just aren’t going to have the same appreciation that we have for the different scenery along the way, and we can’t really expect them to. If you want to keep them occupied and also save your own sanity in the process, then bring along plenty of books, small toys and even something like a tablet where they can watch a movie or two. This can really help them stay occupied so they’re not asking the dreaded “are we there yet?” question every two minutes.
Make regular stops for fresh air:
Although you shouldn’t be making plans to stop too much, since it will break into the time of your trip, it’s definitely a good idea to stop and let the kids, and you stretch your legs and get some fresh air every few hours or so. You could also use the opportunity to stop off at a nicer place and have a picnic before setting off on the rest of the journey. The other good thing about fresh air is that it will help them sleep.