Making a Road Trip Enjoyable with Kids
It can be a stressful experience to travel with kids. The hectic nature of such trips has caused some parents to cut short their vacation and return home. The trip that should have been enjoyable ended up being hectic and that is why they choose to go back home. You might think that a road trip with kids can be very enjoyable but that is not the case most of the times. Kids get tired, fidgety and they can start fights in the back seat. Even though the kids are loved by their parents, they can still be little terrors. There are tips available that will enable you have an enjoyable time while travelling with kids and still have your sanity intact. A map can be used to distract the kids. It is a great idea to give the kids a map so that they can trace a finger to the destination of the trip.
Other than keeping them busy, they will be able to know what to expect regarding the arrival time. The kids can learn about the different states and cities while they are using the map. Make sure you plan for breaks. If they kids are just left to seat in the back the entire time, they pent- up a lot of energy and such breaks are helpful. Consider making stops at the gas stations so that you can look for a play area where the kids can run around and release the excess energy. Later they will be tired and chances are they will be more quiet when they get back to the car.
The other advantage of pulling up at a gas station is you may get free gas that will keep the cost of the trip low. You can take advantage of the free coupons or discounted food that you may get at the gas stations. If exercise is not the best option you can also teach them a calm breathing routine so that they do not act restless. Bringing food and entertainment is another good idea.
Books and audio books can be carrying d along for the road trip. Carry iPads for the older kids to play with. If you are blessed with a car that has car seats with TV sets, carry DVDs for the kids to watch. For one child, you can keep them occupied with games such as checkers with magnetic boards. You can carry snacks for the children to keep them occupied do not get very sugary snacks that will make the kids hyperactive.
For a long trip, pack lunch for the family or make those gas stations stops so that you also refuel yourselves.