Road trips with children can be a undertaking but with a little bit of planning you can easily make those meltdown moments less. Surviving road trips with children does not have to be hard on the parents.
As we were heading to Disney, I knew I needed to come up some things to keep them entertained. Although the car ride is only about 3 hours, I knew it would be tough especially my 3 year old. I don’t want to hear are we there yet it? Or I’m bored a thousand times.
7 Tips for Surviving Road Trips With Children
Electronic devices – Thank goodness for our DVD player in the mini van. I let each child pick two of their favorites movies to bring along for the ride. A portable DVD player would work too if you do not have one installed in your car. iPads were also packed in their backpacks. This worked out well for the kids that did not want to watch the movie.
Read books – If your child can read or is learning to read bringing books can help pass the time. This creates a quiet time in the car for everyone.
Plenty of snacks and juice – This could be a double edge sword. You may have to stop more for potty breaks but there is nothing worse than a hungry child meltdown. By feeding snacks and drinks in the car means less stops for restaurant breaks so you can move faster towards your destination.
Get out to stretch – While taking bathroom breaks walk or run around a little. Let the kids burn off some energy at a rest stop, maybe if you are lucky they will get back in the car nice and tired and take a nap.
Play games – My kids love eye spy. There are other car games to play with them to keep them entertained like 20 questions or the license plate game. Adding a little learning in the games never hurt anyone.
New toys – Buying new toys they have not seen before can make for a peaceful ride. Stop by your local dollar store or Walmart and Target for some inexpensive options. They do not need to be complex or expensive just enough to get them excited about their new toys.
Car placement of kids – This is a biggie with my kids. We have a mini van so plenty of room for our kids to not have to sit to close to each other. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to hear she’s touching me or move your leg/hand etc during a long car ride. If you don’t have the space to spread out and have kids have to sit right next to each other make sure they get along. If I placed my middle son right next to my youngest this would be a disaster. My middle son gets along much better with his older sister than his younger brother.
With a little planning surviving road trips with children can be an enjoyable ride for everyone.
What are your tips for surviving road trips with children?
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