Summer to many people means one thing, road trips!
As the weather gets warmer, I hope you’re getting the old map out, doing your research and planning your next family road trip. Whether it’s heading back to your home town to visit Grandma and Grandpa or to a vacation destination, here are some of my top tips for having more enjoyable travel experiences!
If we have a long ways to go we get our children out of their beds and do our best to transfer them smoothly into their carseats without waking them. It can be a great way to get a head start of a few hours while they remain sleeping. It may not be the most fun, but getting an early start on your trip can be really helpful with your children.
Traveling long distances can be hard on anyone. Especially for your littles. Make a point of planning meaningful stops along the way. 15 minutes here and there can go a long way in helping get the wiggles out and help reduce the irritableness!
My top recommendation would be to really plan out activities in towns along the way. Find zoo’s, exhibits or other things that your children will enjoy. Almost every city will have something interesting to check out. Find things and then talk about the next stop to help them feel excited to get back into the vehicle and head to the next destination.
I suggest making the first leg the longest. Try to take up as much time as you can before your first break. Then schedule them a little more frequently. It might add on to your total travel time but will make the in-vehicle time much more bearable.
I have some fond memories of listening to my mother read Harry Potter during our summer road trips as a child. Listening to the story was entertaining but it also gave us something to talk about. These fun moments helped me gain an appreciation and love for reading at a young age that has positively influenced my life to this day.
Bring a show or two. If you have one of the nice vehicles with the built in DVD player, that’s wonderful. You can also find portable DVD players for really inexpensive. Another option is to just use your iPad or other tablet device. Netflix now lets you download movies so you can watch a movie even without having internet access to stream video. I’m not a huge advocate for screen time but Disney is great at providing an hour and a half of easier travel time.
Snacks are wonderful. Nothing will make travelling worse than being hangry. Goldfish and fruit snacks are always good choices but be sure to pack more nutritional foods as well. Cheese sticks, almonds, and fruits are some healthier options you might consider.
These trips provide great opportunities to make memories with your children. Make sure you do your best to make the most of it! Also, make sure you stay safe! More car accidents happen during the summer than almost any other time of the year.