The road trip is a staple of family vacations. Sure, flying will get you there quicker, but a road trip is full of unexpected adventures and bonding time. Read here for how to survive a family road trip with your kids.
Taking a road trip is one of the most all-American things you can do with your family. Starting as a way for city-dwellers to escape the trials of urban life, these trips continue to be a great way for many to relax and unwind from the typical work week.
But taking a road trip with kids, you may have your peace shattered. Kids have a hard time sitting still in the car for long periods of time and require more frequent stops than adults.
Before you leave on your trip, check out this survival guide. We'll take you through tips and tricks to help you get from Point A to Point B with ease and excitement whether you are traveling with a baby or older children.
Managing Unscheduled Stops
While many highways have rest stops along them, if you stick to the back roads you will need to plan your stops beforehand. But when you have a child, the best-laid plans don't always come to fruition.
If they have an emergency in the middle of nowhere, you will need to stop on the side of the road. You may have wondered whether this is legal, and in fact, it is. So long as your child doesn't expose themselves, they're good to go.
While stopping for fast food may seem really easy, packing snacks can be even simpler and it will help you cut down on unnecessary stops on your road trip.
Be sure to pack healthy items that are easy to eat in a cooler, like grapes and baby carrots. If you bring larger fruit like oranges, you will have to deal with the sticky mess of nectar covering your child's hands while you barrel down the highway at 70 mph.
Make sure that you pack drinks as well. If your kids aren't good about waiting to go to the restroom, try packing mini juice boxes. If you supply them with a large soda bottle, they will be wired and ready for the restroom.
Take Full Advantage of What's Around You
One of the best ways to ensure your kids behave in the car is to get all of their energy out of them.
A great way to do this is to look for parks and public pools along your chosen route. By giving the kids an hour or so to play in one of these areas, you can get some peace and when they get back in the car they will be ready to snuggle in for a movie.
More Tips for Traveling Families
Taking your family on a trip is a great way to bond, grow closer, and see some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the country. Now that you've learned these tips, you will be ready for a road trip with kids any time.
Don't let having kids stop you from going on the adventures you long for. If you're an adventurous parent, check out our blog for more exciting ideas.