If you are setting out on an extended road trip with your kids, you will need to find some ways to keep them happy and entertained for the journey.
Your aim is to keep boredom at bay by giving them enough things to do and look at so that the time passes by quickly and you reach your destination without any tears or tantrums.
Here are some tips and ideas to consider. From using organizers to store everything they need, to what to pack for younger ones. There is also a look at how to keep the toys and games flowing to keep them happily distracted.
There is no such thing as traveling light when you have kids on board. It is amazing how many toys, games, and other items they want to bring with them on the journey.
If you are driving a vehicle like the Jeep Compass, this will give you plenty of rear-seat legroom and space for all their bits and pieces. A back seat organizer would be a good idea too.
There are plenty of options when it comes to buying an organizer. You might consider getting a luxury car back seat organizer. This comes with a DVD player, tablet holder, and Thermo Pockets for snacks and drinks, plus other features designed to keep everything they could want safely stored.
Use an organizer to help keep everything safe and secure during the journey.
Traveling with younger ones
If you’re traveling with a baby, it would be good to pack an activity mat and some soft, travel-friendly toys that won’t hurt them if you have to stop suddenly.
Audiobooks and sing-along MP3s are worth downloading beforehand. You should be able to stream the audio file if you have Bluetooth. Babies and toddlers love listening to these stories and singing along to nursery rhymes too.
TV shows like Dora the Explorer are always popular and will keep them entertained for part of the journey. Remember that it is recommended younger ones should not have more one or two hours of screen time per day.
Mix up the entertainment options between reading, listening, playing and watching.
How to pack the snacks
Junk food is a tempting option when your resistance is low and you are trying to keep your little travelers happy.
You can make healthy food options fun if you pack the right things and present them in a fun way.
A clever trick would be to adapt a tackle box to hold a variety of healthy snacks. Fill each small compartment with something different, a few pretzels, pieces of dried fruit, cheese, and any other healthy treat that you know your kids will eat.
Flip open the box when they need some food fuel. They will enjoy the choice, and you will have successfully resisted the temptation to default to the junk option.
The key to a successful road trip with your kids is to plan ahead for what they need to keep them amused and fed. The journey will be much smoother when you manage to keep your little travelers in good spirits.
Lorraine Edwards is a Mom of four kids, 3 boys, and a girl. The family also has two dogs and a selection of other smaller animals! Lorraine writes about travel and lifestyle topics from a family viewpoint.