Road trips are fun, but many parents find it a nightmare traveling with toddlers in the back seat of their cars. However, as long as you are adequately prepared, there is no reason why a road trip with young ones can’t be made. If you plan it well, you will most likely have much fun.
Have a Route in Mind
While satellite navigation devices make life easier by ensuring that you don’t get lost, modern technology is not infallible, and there are many horror stories of GPS devices failing and leading people dangerously off-course. You can take a GPS device to track your route but if you do not have one, use and online route planner.
Online route planner is handy if you want to get to different destinations. When traveling with young kids, it is necessary that you plan for multiple stops along the way so that they can use the toilet, have something to eat, and stretch their legs.
You can plan to stop every couple hours. Look at the road you are traveling and see if there are some interesting places that you can visit along the way. You can consider child-friendly attraction sites, famous landmarks, or anywhere of interest. The more interesting you make the journey, the less the kids will be on your road trip.
Be sure to take toys, handled electronic devices like iPads and game consoles, DVDs and anything else that your child enjoys. Do not forget to pack their favorite cuddly toy and a blanket to use when they are ready to take a nap. For older kids, you can take coloring books and crayons.
Have a Plan for Food and Drinks
Long road trips are boring, so do not be surprised if your children drink and eat more than usual. Snacks and drinks help in reducing this tedium, and you can pack some fries, sandwiches, fruits, and cookies. You can also take some diluted juice in sip cups and bottles and include a large bottle of water if it is hot. The rest of the snacks can be bought along the way, but it is wise to carry with you enough food in case you don’t get a good place to eat on your route.
Be ready for the Unexpected Occurrences
Expect the unexpected when traveling with young kids. You can carry a change of clothes in the event of accidents or illness and some bags for the soiled clothing. A pack of wet wipes can be useful for cleaning the children and the car, and for the smaller children, bring some disposable diapers and a travel potty.
Whining kids are annoying, but losing your temper won’t better the situation; keep smiling no matter what.