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6 Tips On How To Travel with Children on Long Car Rides

Before you can begin a vacation, you need to think about your children. Family vacations are often fun filled and full of things to do. Children, especially younger ones, are sometimes hard to keep entertained especially if there are long driver or plane rides. Before getting on that plane or getting in that car, you need to derive a plan to keep them entertained and occupied. While singing may not be your favorite choice, it can be a great place to start as children love singing songs. Traveling with children doesn’t have to be a nightmare.

Make Stops

When you aren’t traveling with children, you typically don’t make many stops if driving. When children are in the car, you need to plan on making frequent stops. This allows your child to stretch their legs and get some fresh air for a few minutes. You need to stop and get food for them unless you pack food for them. Have them run around for a few minutes to help tire them out.

Pack Toys and Books

Rather than packing one toy, pack a few of your child’s favorite toys or books. If you trip is a few hours, you need to always change toys and books so they don’t get bored. Children may have a short attention span or may not like playing with the same thing for long periods of time so be prepared. You can take a small basket or backpack and fill it up.

Pack Snacks

Take a small cooler and pack some small snacks and cold beverages. This can help prolong some stops. Take sippy cups that are spill proof to prevent any messes being made especially if you are renting a car. If you have infants, make a few bottles and store them in a cooler. How To Travel with Children on a Long Car Ride - 6 Tips

Portable DVD Player

If you can afford one or have a DVD player, take this and make sure you have the charger. Take an array of your child’s favorite movies. This can help kill some time and can keep them entertained.

Plan Well

Traveling with children can be made simpler by planning your trip at night or during nap time. This will help cut down the time they are awake in the car. Older children may like seeing different landscaping or landmarks. Have them look at a map and follow the route.

Pack a First Aid Kit

Accidents re never planned and they can arise at the most inopportune times. Always have a first aid kit on hand. Ensure it contains Band-Aids, gauze, tape, alcohol or peroxide pads, aspirin, and a thermal blanket. If you or your children are on daily medications, be sure those are included as well. Tweezers should be included in case splinters need to be removed.

Make sure you have enough room in the car before leaving. If you are renting one, you may want to rent something a little bigger to allow foot and leg space as well as for the luggage and bags. For smaller children, double check your list and take strollers and wipes for small messes along the way.

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