Though you may have been stuck at home with your kids for the past couple of months – and only just figuring out how to adapt to this new way of life – at some point, you will be able to leave again. When this happens, one of the first things you might want to do as a family is to go on holiday and enjoy your freedom together. However, it’s completely understandable that you might not feel comfortable taking your children onto crowded buses, trains, and flights; that is if airplanes are even running. In this case, you’re still left with a great holiday option to explore – the road trip. There are some stunning destinations throughout the country that are accessible by car. You just need to be prepared for a long journey and find ways to keep yourself and your kids entertained as you zip down Route 66, or weave your way up into the mountains, or head out of the dust and towards the coast.
Think your car is comfortable? Think again. You’ll be surprised how every little niggle is amplified by hours and hours of driving, and the best way to enjoy your road trip is to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible. Get the best convertible car seat you can find to help minimize the risk of crying kids, and treat yourself to back supports, cushions, and even installing armrests (with cupholders!) if you don’t already have them. Your body will thank you after six hours of driving. We used this carseat for Zachary for a few years, he’s outgrown it now but it was used for many family trips.
It’s important to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, and remember to enjoy the trip along the way! No one will have fun if you’re constantly stressed about reaching somewhere ‘on time’; instead, plan to stop frequently along the way, either for short rest breaks or even days at a time, and make the journey itself part of the adventure!
I Spy and Twenty Questions, though classic car games, can get old after a few hours, so it’s a good plan to have some other games up your sleeve that you can introduce into the mix. A road trip can be a great bonding experience, and you don’t want to all sit in silence for hours, or each be listening to your own music on headphones all the time. There are some great lists of car games you can browse for ideas, or invent your own!
Of course, sometimes even car games can get tiring. It’s good to have a stash of entertainment for your kids to keep them from getting bored. This could take the form of audiobooks for you to all listen to together, playlists to sing along to, or even just making sure iPads are fully charged and loaded with your kids’ favorite cartoons. Sometimes, and especially on a long car trip, there’s no shame in going for the easy option! I purchased a travel organizing system to carry all of our chargers and headphones to keep us organized for the long trip.
Finally, make sure you bring enough snacks! Getting irritable when you’re hungry is definitely a thing, and snacks will be a great way to make the journey feel fun and to give your kids treats for good behavior! A road trip can be an incredible experience to have with your family, and by following these steps you should maximize your chances of a stress-free and enjoyable holiday.
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