Guest post by Rebecca Siggers
How To Prepare For A Road Trip With The Kids
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Planning to spend some quality time with your family? Road trips are the most memorable and affordable at the same time. But the planning for a trip is a never-ending process. When you have kids along with you, it is more of looking after them rather than experiencing the beauty crossing the way. Traveling with kids is entirely different from an outing with friends.
Kids can be terrible sometimes. They are always so high on energy that they just can’t seem to sit in a car for a long time and gaze at the scenery passing by. We must always try to choose the travel destination according to the convenience of the kids. Even after thorough planning, you cannot predict the response of your kids.
Here are a few road trip essentials which may help you to plan your vacation trips.
As it’s a family trip, you need to pack so many things. But you don’t want to fill the vehicle with the unnecessary items. Heavy luggage is also a threat to fuel economy. Instead of taking separate bags for everyone, you should use a bigger bag with multiple slots for everyone’s needs. Utilize the space inside the car efficiently by installing Roof racks for cars that provide extra space to occupy your overflowing luggage.
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Kids remain calm when they are watching movies, listening to music or playing with some toys. You won’t like to hear crying babies or fighting siblings in a packed car miles away from home. Puzzles, Brain quests, and activity books can keep them engaged easily. Also, it’s advisable to take stops at regular intervals to keep the kids relaxed.
Pack a lot of snacks. It is not always possible to stop at every store to buy some snacks. Hungry kids are worse than a nightmare for parents. Keep separate snacks for each child to avoid any mess. Give all the children their water bottles. Try to keep a small container to use as a dustbin. Cleanliness is necessary for fresh air circulation inside the car. Use air-freshener to counter foul smells of wasted food particles which can create a panic situation among the kids.
On the road, you have to bear with day’s heat, night’s cold, changing weather, change in eating and drinking habits and much more. As soon as Kids experience temperature change they become prone to many health issues easily but we can’t take any risks so we should have the necessary medicines in the health kit. Cold, cough, fever, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, insect bites and vomiting are the most common health problems caused while traveling. Medicines for all these problems should be with you. Apart from them a first aid box and thermometer is also necessary when you have kids with you.
Locate all the health center on your way by GPS or google maps. Modern cars come with in-built GPS technology which has truly simplified the touring difficulties.
Servicing of Car
If you are traveling with friends, small problems with the car may not be a big deal. With your friends, you can stop at someplace and look for a service station nearby. But when you are with kids, it’s a big mess. You can’t stop anywhere with your kids and go in search of help. Check for tire pressure, toolkit, engine liquids, and cooling systems beforehand. Do not forget to check the air pressure in the extra tire.
Road trips make life memorable, fun and full of adventure. You will always remember traveling with your children and you will not want to miss anything over time. Take a good camera and a multiple battery charger. There is a need for too much power on trips. Powerbanks and an extra phone for an emergency are trending accessories options nowadays. Try to make kids experience the essence of traveling rather than throwing snacks and, toys every time. Always take a look over the weather prediction before leaving home.