Collaborative Post¦ Road tripping with toddlers can go one of two ways: it can be a wonderful family bonding session, or it can be a nightmare come to life with never ending screaming and crying. By ensuring you know how to avoid disaster before you set off, you can survive your next road trip with your toddler or toddlers. These tips will even help older kids, but you may need to alter them a little. Take a look and see what you can do:
First of all, you should make sure that your car is fully stocked before take off. You should have plenty of water, juice, and other drinks, not to mention a variety of snacks. You could even take a cooler packed with sandwiches and other snacks just in case you can’t find anywhere to eat. You could even stop at a scenic spot and eat your food there.
Your car should be extremely safe before you set off on a road trip. These means carefully checking it over so that you have peace of mind and can be sure that your family is going to be safe. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you could always take your car for a professional service. If your car isn’t suitable but you can’t miss your road trip, you may need to rent one or purchase a new one. Places like Newtons of Ashley may be able to help you out and come up with a finance plan that suits you if you hadn’t planned for buying a new car. It’s much better to be safe than sorry!
Setting off at night time will mean your kids sleep through most of the car journey, so this can be a good option if you just want to get to where you’re going with little fuss. However, if you don’t have somebody you can take it in turns to drive with, this can be more difficult. Driving in shifts will be imperative for long journeys at night time.
Songs and shows that the kids love will keep them pacified when they start to complain. The scenery is unlikely to keep them occupied for very long.
Multiple stops to stretch your legs and get some fresh air will stop kids from having a full blown melt down. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time.
Depending on where you’re going and what route you’re taking, you may need a special permit or license. Do your research on this beforehand so you don’t run into nasty surprises!
Road tripping with toddlers can be a joy, but it can also be a disaster if you don’t plan it properly. Take the advice here and everybody will have a wonderful time.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
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