How To Survive Road Trips With The Kids |Everyone loves holidays but not everyone loves the car ride to get there - especially if you have the kids with you! Any long car trip can start to feel a little cramped with everyone squeezed in tight. If you're looking for ways to keep the kids occupied in the back seat and just generally survive your next road trip, follow a few of these tips. With any luck, you'll have a comfortable, happy car for the whole drive!
Plan Your Breaks
Kids in cars for too long does not equal a good time! Look up your route on Google Maps before you head out and plan your breaks. Make notes of a few fun places to stop, pick somewhere for lunch and try to find locations where the kids will be able to run around and burn off some energy before they jump back in the car. It might take a couple of hours longer but the time spent in the car will be far less toxic.
Don't Bring Sugary Treats
It is hard not to, but it's generally a good idea to leave the more sugary treats at home. Snacks should be salty and savoury - leave the juice boxes in the fridge. Always pack water and never pack Skittles; it can be hard to follow but it will mean less hyperactivity and a much quieter, calmer car ride. Alternatively, load up on sugary snacks when the trip begins and the kids will be out cold within an hour! Kidding... of course - but if you do have to bring a few sweets, make sure they take a while to chew.
Portable DVDs and Videos
Don't be those parents that believe technology is evil during family time! Some feel it's "for the best" to keep the fun toys at home, but really there is no better time to have the portable DVD player, Nintendo or iPad with you. A bit of technology to keep the kids occupied isn't going to ruin the trip and you'll get to enjoy a break while they're occupied watching cartoons and playing Pokemon.
Play Car Games
Car games are great. They're lots of fun for everybody in the family and, even if they only kill a half an hour, they're still making the time go a little faster. I Spy is a classic but every family seems to have their own favourites. They won't do for the whole trip but don't forget to make the most of them - you don't get to play car games any other time!
Enjoy the ride and have fun with a few of these suggestions. Plenty of entertainment, lots of healthy snacks and pre-planned stops are all you need to survive a long road trip with the kids and make it to your destination in one piece.
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How To Survive Road Trips With The Kids