Road Trips with Kids

Tips for Taking A Road Trip With Kids 

With any vacation, planning has to happen. Add in children and the planning needs to be even more detailed. It's one thing when you're traveling on your own and only have to think about yourself. It's a whole different thought process when you have to think about kids plus yourself. Here are some tips for taking a road trip with kids.

Length of Drive 
Consider your destination and how long the drive will take. If this is your first road trip with kids, it might be a good idea to pick a destination that's a shorter drive. Anywhere from 1-4 hours is probably a good starting point. 

Plan to make multiple stops along the way. Kids naturally will need to use the restroom more often than an adult does. If you are traveling during times when they normally eat, then plan to stop for eating time too unless eating on the go works. And kids will tend to get antsy so add in some time for them to get the wiggles out. It's a good idea to check stops along your route for things like parks or attractions. 

Speaking of food, be sure to pack snacks and water for the trip. Some people prefer to save money by packing lunches or full meals. Consider how much food your child might need and then pack a little more to be on the safe side. 

Car ride games, electronics, movies are some things to consider. Kids also like simple things like crayons and paper and of course a few books. Anything to keep them occupied.

Have at least one change of clothes easily accessible in case of spills, accidents or upset stomachs. Also consider including a light jacket or small blanket. Kids are somehow always cold or warm. 

Make the most out of the road trip with kids. Play fun music, have a karaoke session or tell fun stories. 

No matter what you do, planning for a road trip with kids will take a little more time but it will be well worth it once you arrive at your destination. And don't forget to back thinners for your journey back too.

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