To a parent, just the thought of a long-distance trip can send chills down your spine. As much as we love them, kids can make a long trip feel like an eternity. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reclaim control. The following are best practices to observe if you’re going on a long trip with your kids.
Plan the Stops
If taking a long-distance road trip, then you need to plan frequent stops. Since you’re taking a trip with your kids, make sure these stops are appropriate. Some could just be rest stops so that your kids can stretch their legs, but others could be a little more exciting. There’s always something interesting to see along the way that kids can enjoy, like carnivals or corn mazes. These stops will keep your kids entertained.
Snacks are Life Savers
The next thing you want to worry about is snacks. One reason kids can get a little impatient and become impossible to deal with is hunger. If you successfully anticipate their appetite throughout the trip, you’ll have a happier time. You want to make sure you focus on healthy proteins to give them all the energy they need. Since you’re traveling, you need to choose your food carefully. For example, mixed nuts and pickle packs are great snack foods on the go because they don’t need refrigeration.
Entertainment is a Miracle
Video games can be played on phones and tablets. Kids can watch movies or their favorite shows on tablets or phones. Sure, some people judge a parent for using electronics to entertain kids, but this is just a smart decision. It’s worth pointing out that parents can choose what kind of content their kids see. Some video games, movies, and shows try to teach children, which is a good thing. Make sure you have enough chargers so that the devices stay on.
Bring a Support System
The next thing you might want to consider is bringing along a support system, especially if you’re driving. This could be a partner, but if that’s not possible, find a friend or family member who’s willing to be your support system. This is someone who’s going to keep an eye on your kids during the trip. This person should be able to sit in the back of the car with your kids and play some games with them or keep them entertained while you drive. This person can also give you a break from driving every so often.
Be Ready for Emergencies
The chances of an emergency happening are higher when you’re traveling long distances, especially if you’re adding many stops to your trip. You need to make sure you pack the things your kids might need during an emergency. For example, you have to ensure that all prescriptions are taken care of. You need to have some extra water and other essential supplies like an emergency kit. Kids aren’t always as careful as they should be, so having a road trip emergency kit gives you peace of mind. There are also emergency urination bags you can purchase, just in case.
These are just some things you should consider before you start this trip with your kids. Take notes during your trip. If there’s anything else you need to improve on, you’ll know so that you’re better prepared for your next trip.