Going on a road trip with kids can be a challenge, but with enough preparation you can make it an enjoyable and stress-free experience. Here are just a few tips for keeping your kids happy on a road trip.
Take the right vehicle
It’s important that you take the right vehicle – choosing a large vehicle will give you and your kids more space and it will also allow more space for packing belongings. If you don’t think your own vehicle is appropriate, make sure to find a hire car service such as Bayswater Car Rentals that has a good selection of family-friendly cars. Make sure to consider the safety of your chosen vehicle too.
Plan your route
When embarking on any road trip, it’s important to plan ahead, but this is even more vital when you have kids. Scheduling regular stops will prevent your kids from getting bored, allowing them to get out and have a fresh change of scenery (and the chance to use the loo!). You also want to make sure that you arrive at your destination at a reasonable time and not some time in the middle of the night – this can only be achieved by planning ahead.
Bring some distractions
Young kids will need some toys to play with or some other kind of distraction. If you’ve got a tablet, this could be worth bringing along – you could download some movies to watch or install some game apps to play such as these apps listed at Fatherly. It’s worth bringing some food and drink too, but be wary of which kinds of foods and drinks you bring. Sugary snacks and soft drinks could make your kids hyperactive, which you don’t want on a long car journey, whilst too many liquids could result in more unplanned toilet stops.
Play family car journey games
There are lots of games that you can play as a family in the car that don’t involve a touchscreen. I-spy is the most obvious game. Another favorite game is 20 questions – this involves picking a person or object and the other players have only 20 questions that they can ask to work it out which must be answered ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Meanwhile, for those of you who are driving in the UK, there’s a game called sign cricket in which players take it in turn to spot pubs and get points depending on how many legs the name of the pub has (‘The White Horse’ would give you 4 point because it has 4 legs, whilst ‘The Victoria’ would give you 2 points because Queen Victoria had two legs). These games can be great ways to pass the time for everyone.