Summer is finally here and that means it’s time to take a road trip with the family. We can all agree that kids don’t always travel as well as adults because boredom can set in so quickly. Here are 5 ways you can survive a road trip with kids this summer.
In my mind a road trip with kids can be any car ride that lasts over forty five minutes! Though we take relatively “short” road trips (under three hours) once a summer, we take many day trips which take about an hour or so each way.
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Don’t load everyone up in the car without a plan in mind. Have a list of activities for your children to do to keep them occupied. You sort of have to roll with it and be ready for the next item when they are done with what you’ve given them.
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It’s so easy to get upset with screaming and yelling happening in the backseat, but it’s important to be as patient as possible with your kids. Read up on ways you, as a parent, can stay calm in the vehicle as you travel. Remember that your attitude can set the tone for the trip and affect the attitudes of every in the family.
Bring Comfy Items
If your kids are going to be in the vehicle for quite some time, it’s important to bring as many comfy items as possible. Let your kids dress in their comfiest clothes and allow them to bring a pillow and blanker with them for the vehicle. My kids love their [easyazon_link identifier=”B00BJM234O” locale=”US” tag=”scrugcorne-20″]Seat Pets[/easyazon_link] and blankies.
Bring the Music & Videos
There’s something about music and videos that help keep your children focused as you travel. Occupying your kids for the long drive is the biggest task you’ll have over the course of a road trip, so bring their favorite movies and songs. Make a list for yourself, so you can remember exactly what to bring.
I load the iPad with movies that I don’t mind hearing in the background! I love the sountrack of [easyazon_link identifier=”B00XVPBT4M” locale=”US” tag=”scrugcorne-20″]Strange Magic[/easyazon_link]and that is the current favorite for both my kids. Score!
If there’s one thing we bring with us on road trips, it is snacks! That’s right! We bring our favorite items with us to eat as we travel. Stopping and eating at various gas stations and restaurants can be expensive, which is why we spend a small amount at the grocery store and enjoy our food without spending a fortune.
We load up on sandwiches, boiled eggs, nuts, and fruit. Traveling doesn’t have to mean eating poorly!
What tips do you have for surviving a road trip with the kids this summer?