Road trips with children usually go one of three ways
They can be:
- Enjoyable OR
- Bearable OR
- Downright painful
Careful planning is essential to reduce the likelihood of constant the whining from the back seat which, if your children are young enough, can develop into cries and screams.
Travelling by car is generally cheaper and more convenient. It also gives you much more flexibility when it comes to visiting attractions in your chosen holiday surrounds. So it really is worth doing.
If you don’t want your car to turn into a scream fest, make sure you pack these essential items:
Food Glorious Food
Pack plenty of food including lunch and snacks. You might be planning to stop for lunch, but you’ll be thankful that you have some sandwiches if your children are snoozing and you don’t want to wake them up by stopping the car.
First Aid (including bug repellant)
You never know when you need it and if you forget it, you’ll wish you didn’t!
Have a first aid kit in the car that is equipped with everything you need for scrapes and scratches. Make sure it contains Panadol, insect repellent and some sunscreen. If you stop at a playground along the way, you’ll have these essentials covered without having to dig through suitcases.
Think about bringing something to entertain everyone – If you’re going camping, you’ll probably be spending some close-quarters time with your companions. Avoid arguments where possible!
While favourite old toys are important, if you have a hidden goodie bag in the front seat containing little new toys, you can dig one out each time your child starts to whimper. Hopefully, it’ll give you another good hour of peace and quiet. They don’t have to be anything major – matchbox cars, colouring books or figurines are great for young children. A new rattle or soft toy is perfect for babies.
- Change of Clothes
Your car boot is probably packed to the brink and you can be sure that your child will fall into a muddy puddle or have a toileting accident when you don’t have a change of clothes. Don’t risk needing to get everything out of the boot to reach a spare pair of pants. Have a change of clothes for every child, regardless of age, somewhere in the front or backseat.
- Empty Zip-lock Bags
Another reason your children might need a change of clothes is if they get carsick. Reduce the likelihood of that awful smell in your car by placing zip-lock bags beside each child in the backseat.
- Batteries of Various Sizes
You don’t want a favourite toy running out of batteries within the first hour of your trip. Packing batteries will mean the fix is easy and painless.
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