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5 Tips for the Perfect Family Road Trip
5 Tips for the Perfect Family Road Trip
Summer is coming, and for our family that means road trips. Believe it or not, we as a family really enjoy travelling by car. It's just so easy. There is room to bring everything we want, and it makes it easy to travel without two dogs. What I have learned over the years though is that a successful road trip comes down to a few simple tips. We hope that you enjoy our 5 Tips for the perfect family road trip.
It's critical to plan the travel portion of your road trip. Beyond the route that we are going to take, I look for interesting places to see along the drive. What I have found is that when travelling with kids, it's important to break up the drive with little pit stops. I try to find interesting little towns or state parks that will make for a fun side adventure. By breaking up the trip in this way, none of the kids get that cranky “I've been in the car too long” attitude. For my husband and myself, having a plan with stops relieves stress.
1. Lay out the plan before you go (and get buy-in)
Let your child take part in the planning process if they are old enough. If you are going to take a road trip, show the kids on a map where you are going and how you are getting there. Show them the little stops that you have found along the route, and maybe challenge them to find a few stops that they would like to see. Involving the kids in the planning process creates excitement and anticipation for the trip. The kids are eager and happy to get in the car and hit the road. Remember, on a road trip happy kids equals happy parents!
2. Keep everyone entertained
No matter how you plan it, most road trips will involve at least a few back to back hours of drive time. The best way to deal with this is to bring along a little entertainment. Have the kids bring a favorite book or game. For our family, we really like the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet. They start at $99.00, which is pretty cheap for a tablet. The kids can load books, games, and movies onto the tablet for the long drive (just remember to pack some headphones). Even better, the tablets are about as kid proof as possible.
They feature a soft protective case that is perfect for little hands. Additionally, the Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet also features something called Amazon FreeTime. This mode allows you the parent control over what your child views and does with the tablet, so as you are driving you can be sure that your kids are watching and playing age appropriate content. It is also important to note that the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited content is available to download to the device, meaning there is no need for wifi while on the road.
The Amazon Fire Kids Edition tablet comes in two flavors. The Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet Has a 7” display, 16 GB of storage, kid-proof case and is regularly priced at $99.99. Then there is the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, which features an 8” HD Display, 32 GB of storage, and a kid-proof case. The HD model is regularly priced at $129.99. Both tablets feature Amazons 2-year worry-free guarantee: if they break it, return it and Amazon will replace it for free. No questions asked.
3. Take lots of breaks
Kids are restless, and tend to need lots of potty breaks when on a road trip. I have found that it is best to just accept this as fact. I don't fight it. Instead, I build lots of stops into the road trip plan. This keeps meltdowns to a minimum, and really just makes the road trip itself a fun experience. The key here is to make the drive just as interesting and fun as the destination. Little stops along the way to take in the sights really makes the drive fun, and you just might make some cherished memories.
4. Let your child pack their bag
Now we don't let the kids pack without any guidance at all, but we do involve them in the process. We will let them know how many outfits they need, and then the kids go and pick out clothes for the trip. This creates a sense of involvement and buy-in for the upcoming trip, and it teaches kids the practical skill of packing. They will learn just how much room their suitcase has, forcing them to decide which items to bring and what to leave at home.
5. Don't forget the snacks
And finally, tip number 5 of our 5 tips for the perfect family road trip is this… We always make sure to bring a little cooler on our road trips. Before leaving the house, we fill it with snacks, fruits, and drinks. This is a lifesaver when your little ones announce they are hungry 30 minutes into the ride. Be sure to stock up, and maybe allow each child to pick a snack that they would like to bring.
Road trips can be a really wonderful way to vacation and see the country. Just remember, a stress free road trip takes a little planning on the front end. Following these 5 Tips for the perfect family road trip will help to ensure that your trip will be fun and stress free. Happy Driving!
This 5 Tips for the Perfect Family Road Trip #RTAmazonKET post is sponsored by Amazon. All opinions are my own.