If you intend to go on a road trip with kids, you’ll want to be prepared. Being stuck in a vehicle for hours on end can test the patience of anyone, whether you’re a tired parent or a bored child.
However, taking road trips along with your family shouldn’t be an unpleasant experience. In fact, it should be a great way for you to spend quality time and create fond memories.
So, instead of looking back to that moment when your kids are saying, “Are we there yet?” on a loop, there are easy ways you can keep them entertained and, more importantly, safe on your next road trip.
Look for a reliable car hire.
In case you’re not driving your own car, make sure you’ve done your homework first. Search online and choose an affordable and reliable car hire company. So, you can travel conveniently and save money. Be on the lookout for special deals and rent a vehicle that can accommodate the size of your family.
Before you hit the road…
First, make sure your vehicle gets a well-deserved tune-up. It’s important that your car is in excellent working condition before you go on your road trip. Find a good mechanic to check your tyres, belts, fluids, batteries, air conditioning, among others.
Check to see if your child’s car seat is installed correctly. Sometimes, this can be overlooked. Then have a list and write the things you’ll need in case of an emergency. For example, make sure you bring a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, and tools for changing tyres.
Other essential items you must not forget to bring are your phone charger, maybe an extra battery, and adequate water and food supply. If you’re going to log long miles, it’s important for you and your children to eat healthy, stay nourished and hydrated.
Also, on the night before your road trip, be sure to have a good night’s sleep. A driver who is sleep deprived is more prone to fall asleep behind the wheel, and that could lead to a serious accident. Also, it’s better if your kids are well-rested. So, make sure they get enough sleep, too.
Share the driving.
If you’re travelling with another adult, you can share the driving duties. One can take a quick nap while the other is driving. This helps to make sure that whoever is driving, they are well-rested. You can also take turns in keeping the kids fed and entertained.
Keep boredom at bay.
Speaking of entertainment, be sure to bring items that can keep your children occupied. We all know how they can get easily bored, especially during long trips. So, have some colouring books, toys or tablets handy.
Be ready for pit stops.
If you’re travelling with kids, you’ll need to make pit stops along the way. If possible, don’t drive for longer than two hours without taking a break. Young kids can’t help it if they feel restless and cooped up inside your car for a long time. Even adults can feel the same way, too.
Take the opportunity to stretch your legs for a while. Take that much-need restroom break. Also, have fun playing with your kids while you’re stopping somewhere, like a park or a playground. Just make sure you always keep an eye on them while they’re out and about.
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