5 Ways to Have Better Road Trips with Little Ones
Taking a road trip with your children is where memories are made. Road trips are a wonderful way to let your kiddos explore new places & expand their horizons. But we all know that planning and prepping can be a bit stressful…and we’ve all experienced (and survived!) some travel “mishaps.” We recently connected with Tiffany Frye, a seasoned mom traveler, to bring you 5 Ways to Have Better Roads Trip with Little Ones. Enjoy!
There are many factors for us moms to remember before getting on the road with our little ones.
I’ve had my fair share of road trip catastrophes: from my children getting sick, to forgetting to pack important things, to unforeseen mechanical problems, to feeling overwhelmed, and many other things I’ve simply chosen to forget. Hashtag: #Momnesia.
Luckily, there are many things you can do to prepare for your next trip. Whether you’re traveling one day or one month, with one kid of five, these below 5 tips are sure to make your next family road trip more fun and less stressful.
1. Get Organized: Once you’ve decided a road trip is in the near future, create a to do and to bring list. Start early and make sure to add even the smallest of things…we all know that when things get hectic (and loud), we tend to forget things. Check items off as you go and make sure to go through your list carefully before you leave.
2. Plan Your Trip: Create an itinerary so that you and your children know where you are going, when you are leaving, and what you are doing! In your detailed itinerary, make sure to add in when you would like to arrive at your destination. This itinerary should also include interesting, fun, and kid-friendly places to stop along the way. And you don’t have to do it all- get your children involved when choosing stops. I usually let each kid pick one place to eat. This way, everyone has something to look forward to, which is especially nice on a lengthy road trip.
3. Are We There Yet? If you want to avoid the “ARE WE THERE YET?” question every five minutes, car activities are a must! Forget this tip and you may be doomed. My favorites? Picture books, small dry eraser boards, iPad, portable DVD player, and flash cards so the kids can interact with each other. Telling family stories is another wonderful way to pass the time. I like to tell my children about road trips that I had with my parents when I was a child. My children are very interested in hearing about “mommy being little” and all the adventures that I had when I was their age. Lastly, be sure to bring your child’s favorite items that feel like home. Pillows and blankets are great to have while on the road!
4. Packing: It’s smart to pack everything you’ll need without overdoing it. I like to have a separate bag/suitcase for everybody in the family- this way clothes, shoes, and personal items stay organized. With toiletries I consolidate and bring one big case for everyone. Stash a cooler for snacks and drinks in the backseat- this way, kiddos can self-serve. If you don’t have one already, get a car charger for your phone. Finally, do not forget your camera (I’ve made that mistake). Disposable cameras are a great score for the kiddos- just throw them in your purse or bag so that you have them with you at all times.
5. Just In Case: Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Things happen. Bring along medications for your kids such as fever reducer and tummy ache medications. And don’t forget yourself… I always have Advil and a headache reliever. A first aid kit for those cuts and scrapes is also a must. In case of stains while on the road, Tide To Go Pens are the BEST. For summer trips, sunscreen is a must. Sunburn relief gel or spray is also good idea (hope for the best but be prepared for the worst, remember?). Last but not least, flashlights or headlamps! You’ll probably find yourself driving at night, and this will make finding “lost” items a snap. Plus, the kids love to play with them.
I hope you enjoyed these tips that have made my travels much smoother. Happy road tripping!
This post was written by Tiffany Frye, the mastermind behind Tiffany’s Goodies & Giveaways. She brings you amazing products, giveaways, product reviews and parenting tips and ideas. You can find Tiffany on Twitter and on Facebook! Stay tuned for her upcoming review of our Carmel Patent Hobo!
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