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Taking a Road Trip with your Kids

Planning a road trip for this summer? As you know we just recently came back from our very own road trip. 28 hours of driving from our home to our final destination. With a car of kids ranging in ages nineteen to three it turned out to be a great adventure. Would we do it again, you bet we will! Taking a road trip with the family can be a fun way to get to your destination, but only if you’re prepared. When planning your road trip, you need to be prepared for frequent stops, hungry kids, whining kids, crying kids and even small arguments between them. These tips for taking a road trip with your kids can help eliminate stress so that everyone in the family can have a good time.

Bring Snacks

I think this speaks for itself and is quite possibly the number 1 rule. Snacks are definitely vital to a successful road trip with kids. Even if you’re on the road for only a few hours, kids tend to get grumpy without food. By bringing snacks, you can give your kids a quick fix for their hunger without pulling over to a greasy fast food restaurant every 5 minutes. This can also help eliminate petty arguments caused by hungry kids! At most rest stops you can stock up when your supplies run low. You want to keep them happy. Happy kids means a happy trip.

Be Prepared for Bickering

Whether they’re hungry or not, being in an enclosed space with siblings can lead to some bickering. As a parent, this is the last thing you want to hear while trying to drive to your destination. Instead of responding to an argument after it’s started, try to defuse a tense situation before it becomes arguing and bickering. Bring something along that can give your kids the “space” they need, such as an iPod with earphones.

Don’t Forget Entertainment

Having the right entertainment for your kids can make or break a road trip. In addition to an iPod, don’t forget to bring along some of your kids’ favorite things, such as a tablet or even a portable DVD player with favorite movies. If your kids start to get antsy while sitting in the car, you can give them a game or movie to help occupy their minds. In our case we even brought along coloring books and markers for Madison so she can occupy herself. You can think of road trip games such as how many different out of state license plates can you spot. It's amazing how much fewer you see your own state plates the further out you go.

Map Your Route

No matter how old or young your kids are, you will undoubtedly have to stop for multiple breaks along the way. At least one of your kids will need to use the bathroom, eat some food, or simply stretch their legs at any given point in time and so will you. Unfortunately, the remaining miles until the next rest stop can stretch into an eternity when one of your kids is complaining about needing a break. Because of this, map your route for your road trip so that you have frequent rest stops along the way. This will save you and your kids a lot of frustration.

Planning a road trip, no matter how long it is doesn't have to boring or even exhausting, using our tried and true tips you can have a blast.

What tips do you have for taking a road trip with kids?

Annmarie John
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  1. We are leaving on our second big road trip of the year this coming weekend. For us, as long as we have lots of snacks, we are all set :-)

  2. These are wonderful tips. We love road trips and I make sure we bring lots of snacks and enough entertainment to avoid frequent stops.

  3. My boy is getting better about traveling, but having entertainment is KEY! Also planning out our bathroom breaks is also helpful.

  4. Snacks and entertainment are important on a road trip. I've found that if the kids are kept distracted and well fed, there is a less bickering, yay.

  5. Good snacks with things to do is key to a successful road trip.

  6. Snacks and entertainment were always key for us. Neither of the kids liked car rides so it was important to make them fun.

  7. Travelling can be so hard on a kid. I think it is important to have something to keep them busy. Amber N

  8. We took 2 long road trips within a month earlier this summer. I't so good to always be prepared!

  9. Now that my kids are older and both have drivers licences road trips are great. I get a break in the driving and they get experience driving distances. When they were younger the hardest part was the boredom. We would invent licence plate games.

  10. I love taking road trips with my kids and, you are right, they definitely bicker while on the road. Having snacks and electronics to keep them occupied is a must.

  11. Wow... 28 hours is a long time. I agree with you. When we go on road trip, we make sure to get tons of snacks as that is the only way I can keep my kids quiet.

  12. Thanks for the tips! Summer is a great time for road trips and they sometimes can get stressful

  13. Children can be fuzzy on long road trips and the best way to ease their boredom is to keep them entertained with games. Other parents would make their kids watch their favorite cartoon series on their tablet. Oh, and yes, giving them snacks they enjoy is also a great idea.

  14. I am actually not a fan of taking road trips, especially with kids. I may do it if I am not the one driving


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