On the Road: Tips for Family Travel
It is estimated that 45% of us will take a road trip this summer for vacation. When you have kids on board, advanced planning can make the trip much more enjoyable. Here are our top ten tips:
- Clean Out the Car
The leftover winter gear and old Cheerios can go. Remember to pack anything you will need for emergencies or a stop-over where it can be easily reached.
- Have Your Car Serviced
Make sure the oil is changed, tires filled, etc. If you have a roadside assistance service, have that information handy.
- Ensure Car Seats are Installed Correctly
Seatbelts are a must – but also be sure you are using the right type of car seat for your child’s height, age and weight.
- Remember the Chargers for the Electronics
Chances are you’ll need the GPS. Bring car as well as AC chargers.
- Bring an Atlas
This will give the kids a chance to learn how to use a map and follow along as you travel.
- Prepare the Road Tunes
Teach your kids the classics – or learn some songs your kids love.
- Keep ‘Em Busy
Pack small books and toys for each child. Consider a container of itemss that are only for the car – so children will find them new.
- Stay Hydrated
Your 5 to 8 year old needs 5 glasses of water each day. Kids who are 9 to 12 need 7 glasses, and anyone over the age of 13 should be drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses each day.
- Pack the Snacks
Traveling on an empty stomach can make anyone cranky. ParentSavvy.com expert Dr. Ashley LeGrand-Rozovics from Methodist Physicians Clinic suggests a bag of goodies for each child. “Pack healthy snacks such as string cheese, veggies and hummus or fruit. Sugary snacks cause blood sugar spikes which lead to cranky kids – and stressed adults.”
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