Summer road trips with little kids can be a lot of fun, but they can also be stressful if you're not prepared. As a mom of four, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to keep kids entertained, fed, and content while on a road trip. That's why I've put together some mom hacks to help make your summer road trip with little kids less stressful.
Pack a First Aid Kit
Accidents can happen on the road, especially when you're traveling with little ones. That's why it's important to pack a well-stocked First Aid Kit. Include items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, scissors, tweezers, nosebleed plugs and a sewing kit. Our big SuperKits can also help in bigger emergencies, they include abdominal pads, gauze roll, instant ice pack, triangular bandage, a CPR mask and much more.
Have an Overnight Bag Ready
If you're planning on staying overnight or arriving late at your destination, make sure you have an overnight bag packed and ready to go. Include items like pajamas, toiletries, and a change of clothes. This will make it much easier to get settled into your hotel or campground quickly, so you can spend more time having fun with your kids.
Snacks definitely keep them occupied. But choose wisely between the mess they can cause and the sugar crush they might induces. We try to do a mix of healthy snacks, like fruit, nuts, and granola bars, and some treats like cookies. We stay far away from sugary drinks to avoid the car ending up a sticky mess and opt for plenty of water or carbonated flavored water instead.
Plan Fun Stops Along the Way
Long car rides can be boring for kids, so plan some fun stops along the way to break up the trip. Look for parks, playgrounds, or other kid-friendly attractions to visit. This will give your kids a chance to stretch their legs and burn off some energy, which can help make the rest of the trip more enjoyable. While we usually avoid fast food restaurants, at stop at McDonalds or Chick-file-A can be a welcomed “Roadtrip” treat. (Our kids are pre-teen age, and they think it’s the best treat on long road trips).
Kids can get bored easily, so make sure to pack plenty of entertainment options. Bring books, toys, coloring books, and (fully charged!!) tablets loaded with games and movies. This will help keep your kids entertained and happy during long stretches of driving.
Use Technology to Your Advantage
Technology can be a lifesaver on a road trip. Use your smartphone to find kid-friendly restaurants and attractions along your route and to avoid traffic.
In conclusion, going on a summer road trip with little kids can be a lot of fun if you're prepared. By packing a First Aid Kit, having an overnight bag ready, bringing plenty of snacks, planning fun stops along the way, packing entertainment, and using technology to your advantage, you can keep your kids happy and entertained all day long. With these mom hacks, you'll be able to focus on enjoying the trip and making memories that will last a lifetime.
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