When it comes to travelling with a child, planning is key. My wife and I have made several long road trips with our daughter in tow.
Tips For Travelling With A Child By Car
Each trip went successfully better as we learned things about what she likes and wants. Granted every child is different, here are a handful of tips that made travelling a little easier for us.
She likes to sleep but hates waking up. She would wake up scared. With that in mind, we wouldn’t put luggage in the back seat. That meant the nondriver could move to the back to hang out with her and put her at ease.
Toys, activities and movies are a great distraction. While we always vowed to not have a DVD system in the car (portable or not) when it was gifted to us, we took full advantage.
At first she would watch the same musical DVD over and over (by choice) but she eventually started watching other shows.
Snacks and food are a no brainers. You are parents, you know what your kids like. Bring them food they like rather than try new things or even different packaging.
Kids know what their favourite foods and drinks look like too.
Travel with kids is never easy, but it can be manageable. Plan your trip and pick a kid-friendly route.
If you have two possible routes and one includes exits with family friendly venues and the other is just the open road, we tend to pick the route with exits. It is worth it for us.
If you are looking for ways to entertain yourself or an adult passenger, check out these great ideas for entertainment in the car.
What tricks do you use to keep your kids entertained while traveling in the car? Please comment below.