Road Trip with kids can be a little too daunting as you never know how will the child react to being in the same place for prolonged hours. The following tips may help you have a smooth sail while you enjoy your road trips.
So after my 2nd baby we were a little stuck at home because we were a little skeptical on taking kids out on the road for long journeys. We have tried flight and smaller road trips with Miss G and baby T after baby T's birth. But this time we took a chance and it worked for us. Hope you find it useful too.
Planning the trip
Keep in mind that kids have a very small amount of patience time and do not like being stuck at the same place for long hours. While planning a road trip choose a destination which is not very far.
If you still want to go to a place which has long travel time, consider taking breaks in between multiple times. You cannot go by the estimated time by the GPS.
For Example : Our road trip recently to Almora was 8 hours drive from Delhi as per GPS. However, with multiple breaks for the kids to relax, rest, eat and be comfortable we took 12-13 hours once side.
Drive at Night
If you start really late at night or very early in the morning there are high chances that your children will be sleeping for more time. Hence, you will be able to cover longer stretch of distance during these hours.
We started at 4 AM in the morning and had made the kids wear the clothes for journey the night before so that in the morning we just needed to pick them up and go. No need to wake them up to change clothes.
For baby T it was her first long drive trip after she has started sitting and started noticing the surrounding. Keeping her at one place was difficult. To make sure she doesn't get tired and cranky, we took breaks for 5-10 mins every 2 hours to
- Let her stretch herself on the car seat.
- I even massaged her legs while on break.
We made sure we stopped at places where Miss G also could enjoy some fresh air and have some fun. Check out the video below where she saw a real hen and was super excited to see it.
We took no hurry and completed our journey in 12 hours with everyone being happy and excited.
Keep lots of food for snacking
Always keep enough snacks and water for the kids with you.
List of things I kept for my kids( This is only the food/water part)
- Boiled cooled water - for baby T
- Formula Milk Powder
- Fruits - Banana and Orange
- Boiled veggies like carrot, beans , peas and potato
- Chips ( Don’t judge me here.. I would rather feed my kids junk than to keep them starving )
- Boiled Egg
- Sweets like Barfi and Ladoo
All these were kept in a bag pack which was easily accessible during the travel.
Keep toys to keep them busy
Catch hold of some of your child's favorite toys and keep them in the car with you at easy reach. Give them one toy each time they get a little restless. It can keep them busy for sometime.
*Tip* : Don't keep toys which can be dismantled. You don't want them to be looking for pieces while you are driving.
Hope the pointers help you organize your fun trip with you kids. Let me know if you have any more fun ideas on-the-go
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