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As many of you know, we travel all summer long. My family lives four hours away. We own a pop-up camper. Needless to say, most summer weekends we are traveling all over the place, and most likely, we aren’t even in our state. We have years and years of experience of traveling with kids of all ages (and we travel with our kids friends too!). I have a few things I have I have learned over the years. (Granted, my kids are 11 and 8 now. I am sure I’ll have a few more add-ons as they get older!). Here are my tips:
- Make sure you pack blankets and pillows. Why? I always have a kid sleeping. Also, we can never keep the temperature in the vehicle so everyone is happy. If my husband is just right, I’m freezing. I never know if my kids will be hot or cold. This solves most of the arguments over temperature.
- Lots and lots of reading material. We always have something in the car to read for both adults and kids. I personally love how quiet the vehicle gets when everyone is reading! Will, right now loves activity books.
- Each kid has their own bag. Why? This stops so much fighting! Everybody can put whatever they want in their own bag — their own crayon, their own books, their own games, etc. It also keeps your vehicle cleaner, because when they are done, it goes back in the bag!
- Snacks. We always have food and drinks available in the car. Nobody needs to get “hangry”!
- Electronics. We do allow our kids to play with their electronics in the car. Movies and games help keep the peace on long car rides.
- Chargers. Nothing is worse than when your phone dies (especially since we use my phone for GPS!). We have a multi charger we bring with us, so we can charge both our phones and the kids reading devices.
- GPS. It doesn’t matter if your vehicle has it or if you have a handheld device (or if you use your smartphone like I do). This is a must have with kids. You never know when you are going to hit construction traffic or when somebody needs an emergency bathroom break. (Yes, in my car now, I am the one we have to stop for. However, we stopped at many highway gas stations when the kids were little.) GPS lets you know about both!
- Garbage bags. I always carry something for everybody to throw their garbage in. There is nothing worse than getting to your destination and have it look like a tornado went through your vehicle. Plus, I think the kids actually behave better when they aren’t sitting in their trash.
- Plan on some games. Remember the “letter” game you played as a kid in the car? You know, the one where you try to find the alphabet on signs? You can still play that! There are definitely games you can play that don’t require cards or electronic devices. Some games just require a little imagination and creativity — I remember playing the alphabet game where you had to take turns naming animals using each letter of the alphabet.
- Headphones. Passengers can listen to their own music/games/movie and nobody has to be annoyed by it.
We use all of these tips when we travel. Do you have any advice for road-tripping with kids?
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