Ten Tips For Long Road Trips: With Kids
These are tips I've learned the hard way while taking regular road trips with my family of 5.
I'm certain most of these also apply to trips in an Airplane.
Here is my tips so you don't have to wing it:
* If you're trip of exceptionally long and you will be traveling for most of the daylight hours,
leave when your kids are still drousy. Sometimes an interupted sleep schedule will work to your
advantage in the form of naps. For us we leave between 3am - 4:30am
* Bring flipflops for your kids, regardless of season (flops are quick to slip when it's time to rip)
* Boarder bags to witness and monitor the distance (fun and useful for learning states)
* describe our evolution of our bags.
* Pack your kids a lunch and/or dinner in a lunch box
* A variety of "rations" (snacks)
* Take rest stops seriously, everyone will be happier
* Don't forget to figure in rest stop time when giving out estimated-time-of-arrivals,
your big kids will keep track and hold you to the time.
* Forget your screen time limits
* Keep your essential medicine and hba's handy
* Plan for motion sickness:
* peppermint essential oils and beadlits
* plastic bags and paper towels
* Keep spare pacifiers (why)
* Bring an empty sippy cup in addition to one with something in it (why?)
* When all else fails, resort to bribery, your greatest wing-it-weapon
Here's a couple bonus tips to keep your sanity, because if ma'ma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
* Treat yo'self - when you are packing your kids lunch, pack some chocolate and salty chips,
and don't forget to stop at starbucks for that gingerbread ice latte that you love, the extra time added to your trip will be worth it.
* Get intellectual with your navigator and listen while they read a book.
If you are flying solo listen to an audiobook. Don't forget to pause and discuss newly gained knowledge.
Here are a couple of the latest book we read Crucial Conversations