Looking for some tips on how to survive your next road trip with kids? Then look no further! We love road trips with our boys. Okay, they aren’t all usually plane sailing and we still bicker like any other family. However, we still prefer driving to flying. So here are our tips for surviving a road trip with kids.
Our Top Tips For Surviving A Road Trip With Kids
Tell The Kids
We think if you build the journey up, and tell them all about it, then they will get excited. If they are told how long the journey will be and if you plan on stopping overnight then it can help stop them constantly asking the dreaded question.
Stock The Car
Food…make sure you have food! Oh and don’t forget the wipes. They come in so handy.
Things To Do
Books, DVDs, tablet, audio books, games…the list can go on. Keeping them entertained in the car is key. However, it is also good at some point to not let them have anything and get them to look out the window. Count the cars or play a game on who can find the first Eddie Stobart lorry.
Make regular stops, especially if your journey is long. Pee breaks, food breaks and just stops for stretching your legs. It means the kids get out of the car and can run off any energy they may have. Change of environment will give them other things to focus on.
Don’t think everything will go to plan. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much you plan something will just happen. From being stuck in traffic to one of you getting car sick. Somethings can’t be helped. You are in a confined space, your kids may bicker constantly and get on your nerves. More than likely your kids will ask for a pee 5 minutes after you have left. If you lower your expectations and not expect everything to go perfectly you won’t stress so much.
Make sure your car is in full working order. You don’t want to have a breakdown. Also make sure you have a breakdown policy for going abroad in case you do. Check the country regulations for the countries you are visiting in case you need certain things for your car like hi vis jackets, warning triangle etc.
And are biggest tip…have a spare back up kit in case you get stuck in traffic. After 8 hours stuck on the motorway with no food or drinks left for the kids we were at the end of our tether. Lesson learned and we now travel with spare box with extra food and drinks, clothes, wipes, nappies, waterproof jackets etc. As you never know when you will need them.
What are your tips for surviving a road trip with your kids?
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