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Quick tips to survive road trips with your kids

August 9, 2019

One thing many parents get excited to do and later regret is to go on a road trip with their kids. Between arguing kids and way too much energy built up from sitting. With a few tricks, you can calm things down and make your trip a lot more enjoyable. 

Plan breaks and rest stops

Plan plenty of rest stops that allow you to get the kids out of the car. These stops can be rest stops on the road, truck stops, or out of the way museums and attractions that catch your interest. If you can’t find a place with something interesting to walk and see look for a big open space. Use this space to run off your kid’s excess energy. A great way to do this is to play tag or have your kids race each other. 

Snacks, snacks and more snacks

Pack plenty of snacks before going on your trip. Kids like to munch when they are bored so having a stash of healthy snacks will give you a handy tool to calm them down when they start to get cranky. This will help you save a lot of money over buying fast food or snacks at a convenience store or gas station during your trip. 

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Technology can be your friend

While too much time with electronics is not healthy for kids there is a time and place for them and road trips are the perfect time to allow your kids some screen time. Take advantage of electronic devices to keep kids occupied and out of trouble. Be sure to grab a couple of extra chargers and some headphones before you leave. This will help prevent having to grab a charger on the road and the headphones will save your sanity. 

Positive reinforcement

Use positive reinforcement to encourage your kids to behave. A reward at the end of the trip like a stop at the ice cream shop or spending money for your vacation is a great way to do this. Let your kids know what they will get if they are good on your road trip and keep reminding them.

  • Claire August 9, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I was kind of hoping I’d open this post and it would say

    ‘Don’t take them!’

    But alas it did not! But great tips instead, I think we did all of the above on our recent 5 hour journey and my god they really worked!

  • Mellissa Williams August 9, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    We love road trips. I go through all these tips you mention even now that my son is 22!

  • Serin Quinn August 10, 2019 at 11:32 am

    This is so useful! So true about train journeys too!

  • Rebecca Smith August 10, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    These are great tips. We always take snacks and have regular breaks and we do allow some technology for the drive. We are also fans of positive reinforcement – the promise of an ice cream, a McDonalds or a trip to the arcade if they behave always seems to work.

  • fashionandstylepolice August 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Technology is definitely your friend. Snacks are important too!

  • Laura Schwormstedt August 14, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Such great tips and I totally agree – PACK ALL THE SNACKS!!! My kids also don’t have access to Ipads unless we are travelling so they really are useful when we do use them

    Laura x

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