5 Tips for a Stress-Free Road Trip with Kids
- Mums Tips
- Travel with kids
- Published on Monday, 03 June 2019 11:16
- Last Updated on 03 June 2019
- Monica Costa
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Road trips with kids can be really fun, you get to take your little ones out on a trip of pure exploration. They can also be extremely stressful, with kids telling you they are bored constantly or moaning about being hungry. The thought of this puts many parents off and they end up spending more money than they need to on travel arrangements and they also miss out on the fun. Have a read through our guide to a stress-free road trip with kids and see if we can convince you to give it a try.
To make your trip as stress-free as possible, you really do need to plan. Unfortunately, you can’t just wing it with kids, they need regular stops and attractions to banish the boredom. Spend some time planning out your route, work out which attraction you would like to stop at so that you can break the trip up for the kids. You should also plan in stops for food and toilet breaks. There are plenty of tips to help you plan your trip online.
Keep them entertained
Keeping the kids entertained is half of the battle. Plan in some games that you can play on the road, invest in some audiobooks that you can play or make sure that you have some of their favourite music on-hand. if you can banish their boredom pleas from the back of the car, you can remove much of the stress from the journey. Planning in fun stops can also keep their excitement up while in the car, which can help keep them going. Have a read through our post on making family travel more affordable for some tips on making travel cheaper so that you can afford to do more.
Service your car
Cut the risk of your car breaking down by ensuring that you have it properly serviced before you set off. Better yet,why not think about leasing? These cars are extremely well looked after and are much less likely to break down. Trust us, there is nothing more stressful than a break down with children.
When travelling with children, you really need to pack carefully. You will need easy access to all of their things. They might, for instance, want certain toys while on the road or they might go through several changes of clothes. Making them easy to get to will certainly make your trip easier. You should also think about kids essentials that are important to pack. Things like baby wipes or chargers for their devices can be a lifesaver.
Connect to your location
For your children, the most exciting part of the trip will be the location. Why not help build on this excitement by really connecting to your location on your trip? If you are going to Disneyland for example, you could listen to soundtracks from the films or let them watch the films in the back of the car. Think of fun things they can do to help pass the time that also links to your location.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums