If you’ve ever taken a couple of kids to swimming lessons on a Saturday morning, or dropped them off at school on a weekday morning you know how raucous, stroppy and loud they can be.
Even in ten minutes, they can make a journey unbearable because they are bored, eager to get to their destination or they’d rather be anywhere else but in your car.
Think about a road trip. A long road trip, when you are taking your kids to see some spectacular sights, partake in new experiences and see a little bit more of the world.
Through an adult’s eyes, a road trip can be a life-affirming experience. For a child, this can be the worst holiday imaginable stuck in a car with a sibling and parents. Take a look at how you can make travelling with kids easier for everyone involved.
If you’re planning on a vacation covering a fair few miles in a set timeframe, you need to make sure all passengers are comfortable.
Your little old banger in the drive simply won’t do. You’re planning on travelling in the height of summer, and your little hatchback has no air con, and the windows only go down halfway.
Instead, think about hiring a vehicle for your trip. Seeing a shiny new larger vehicle can enthuse the little human beings in your life and make them more excited to go on a road trip. If you have a spacious interior so they can stretch out, cup holders and in built entertainment systems, you are onto a winner with your kids.
It’s vital that you break up the journey for younger folk. The moment you hear the ever annoying, ‘Are we there yet?’ from the back seat, you know that it’s time to pull over and chill for a while.
The monotony of a journey can hit anyone, especially kids. Try and plan your pit stops before you go, combining either a meal or a sight along your journey.
For safety’s sake, you should be stopping every couple of hours anyway to stretch your legs, have a coffee and stay alert. You don’t want to be causing a collision because of tiredness only to find car accident lawyers are attempting to find you at fault legally.
If you have particularly young offspring, you may want to try and correlate your trip timings to your kids routines. Night time driving is not unheard of if you’re planning a long trip and you’re alert enough.
With the kids in their pyjamas and zonked out in their car seats, you can enjoy a drive in peace and quiet, only to wake them in a few hours time at your exciting destination.
You must make sure you have enough food to graze on for your journey. While meandering through mountain passes and admiring the wonderful vistas on your road trip, hunger can strike.
Ensure that you have plenty of healthy snacks that keep well such as cereal bars, fruit bars and trail mix. If you can make something more substantial such as sandwiches, you’ll be able to keep the hunger cravings at bay just a little longer.
Travelling anywhere with your little darlings can seem like a chore. However, get them on side early on and provide them with enough entertainment and pit stops along the way, and you can enjoy a wonderful family holiday.