Prior to having kids I loved to go out of town! I always told my self I wouldn’t let kids change my life, but when your LOVE for going out of town changes because of the work it takes to do leave you find a way to streamline that process. I’ve travelled with my kids to Canada, Europe, and a few states. We typically fly together 2 times a year and take road trips once a month. Flying is a whole different blog post, today I am going to focus on ROAD TRIPS!
1. Plan Ahead
When my kids were babies I would leave right after they had eaten so I knew they would be happy and take a nap while on the road. Nap time in the car is a great time to travel until your kids are too old and a nap during the day ruins bedtime. At this point AVOID any time when you know they might fall asleep. For my kids that is anytime after 1 pm.
2. Keep Them Entertained.
For a while I refused to let my kids watch TV or play iPad while in the car. We have a pretty strict limited screen time policy in our house and I was determined they should be able to do other activities. Sticker books, coloring books (with those special markers that only color on special paper so you don’t have a child covered in purple marker), toys, music and podcasts can only last so long on a 6 hour drive! Movies in the car have been THE BEST DECISION I made about road trips. We love the LEAP FROG DVDs
are our top played items.
3. Bathroom Breaks Suck
I figure you have two options when it comes to stopping for bathroom breaks. Option number one my husband finds cruel and unusual- no liquids allowed. Option two is something I don’t leave home without. The potette
is the best thing you can purchase if you spend a lot of time in the car. I’ve even used it myself when kids have been sleeping an I don’t want to wake them to into a bathroom.
As an adult I cannot go on a road trip without a bag full of food. Some trips I make better choices than others carrot sticks vs. licorice. Some days I am weaker than others, and nothing says vacation like junk food! Just make sure you save some for the trip home or you will have some grump kids.