Road trip tips for families

Traveling with kids can be extremely stressful add in a holiday, a busy roadway, long trips in the car can only intensify your stress. However, there are a few things you can do to help reduce travel anxieties and stress for both parents and kids.

Leave early

Kids are notorious for making you later and delaying the whole process. If you can pack up the car (or your suitcases) overnight will help to avoid last-minute rushes. Create a checklist to make sure nothing is forgotten, this will lessen the post leaving rush. The fewer distractions a child has the easier the process will be if you can grab a meal or a snack for your kiddo they will be happier in the long run.

Pullover often

Plan for bathroom breaks when driving it is important when driving for a long period of time everyone has time to stretch and use the bathroom when needed. When you’re pulled over make sure everyone gets out of the car and have them do these two things even if they don’t need to.

Bring items that remind them of home

If your child has a favorite stuffed animal or blanket they sleep with every night do NOT forget to bring it! No one likes a fussy child and having something that reminds them of home will help soothe them and make overnight stays easier.

Eat at kid-friendly restaurants with play places

While eating fast food may not be ideal it is a great way for kids to relax and unwind while letting off some energy.

Pack plenty of snacks and drinks

You can save time and money by packing your own snacks and drinks. Keep a snack bag handy for munchies and a cooler in the trunk to prevent dehydration. Snacks will keep kids busy and full until you can stop off for your next meal.

Don’t forget the activities! 

When traveling by car a great tip is to pack a bag for each child filled with their favorite toys, movies, games, and snacks. If you can make the bag accessible to them it would be extremely helpful to save time and your sanity. Drawstring backpacks are perfect for holding a lot of stuff and makes carrying easier.

Don’t forget the extras 

You never know when an accident or breakdown is going to happen so being prepared is always the best option. Be sure to pack an extra change of clothing for each person to store in your car.

Make a list

List making is a helpful tool to make sure you’ve packed everything you need for your trip. Always pack what you don’t think you’ll need, it pays to be prepared (and sometimes literally does!). There are tons  of printables you can print or create your own list. Be sure to print out your travel itinerary, plane tickets, and other important information. When creating a travel itinerary be sure to add in lots of stops and additional places in case plans change. While you sho stick to the plan as much as possible be sure to schedule open sessions in case you find something on the way you want to do.

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