When it comes to long road trips with toddlers and active preschoolers, a little planning can go along way. It is important to anticipate any problems you may encounter so you can prepare for them and make the journey less stressful.
Here is a quick guide on surviving long trips with your kids:
Pack plenty of water, food, and a first aid kit before hitting the road. Make sure to call and confirm about your road assistance plan. It is also important to get adequate sleep the night before the trip. Lack of sleep affects your ability to concentrate and makes driving difficult.
List everything you need for the trip a week before your departure. If you’re travelling with a travel trailer, take the vehicle to service center to ensure that everything is good to go. If you don’t have a trailer or a minivan, consider renting one so you won’t have to waste your time squeezing all your belongings into the trunk and so that you have greater seating flexibility.
Pack everything you need so you won’t be forced to dig around the suitcase during the trip. Jackets, hats, and basic supplies such as mosquito repellant and sunscreen should be within easy reach. It is also best to have a change of clothing handy for you so you and your children won’t create unexpected mess with your belongings.
Stop at Regular Intervals
If you’re travelling with younger kids, don’t drive for more than three hours straight. Check the Internet and look for parks, playgrounds, and other attractions you and your kids can stop by. You can also ask friends who know the route to suggest pit stops. Also, do something fun along the way to make it more enjoyable.
Switch Driving Duties
If you’re traveling with your partner, switch duties during the trip. While one person is behind the wheel, the other one can be in charge of feeding the kids, entertaining them, or putting them to sleep.
Whether you’re going on a weekend holiday or visiting a distant relative, make your journey as smooth as possible by planning your route and being prepared for any problems.