If you're planning on hitting the road this Thanksgiving with your family, then I'm guessing you could use some tips for your holiday road trip with kids, am I right?
Now if you're a parent, you already know that traveling with kids is a heck of a lot different than traveling alone. There are many more things to be concerned about when you're bringing your kids along.
That's not to say it can't be a fun experience, but let's be honest, it can also be torture if you don't plan ahead and prepare.
Here are a few tips that can help.
Tips for Your Holiday Road Trip With Kids
Make Sure They Get Enough Sleep The Night Before
Now while this might not work for some kids, with others, it's imperative.
If your kid is the type that can sleep anywhere and that won't have any trouble falling asleep (and staying asleep) as soon as those tires hit the pavement, then I wouldn't get too concerned about this one.
But if they're not, your trip isn't going to be very pleasant with a cranky, tired child.
Just trust me.
Making sure your kiddo is well rested will make for a much easier traveling experience for everyone, because there's nothing worse than a cranky kid trapped in a car with nowhere to go!
Plan Your Meals
To start off with, bring lots of snacks for sure.
But also plan out your main meals.
If you can pack a cold lunch for the first meal, great. But depending on how far you're traveling, it's likely you'll need more than just one meal.
Map out the location of kid-friendly restaurants before you ever leave the house. Decide where you're going to eat before your trip even begins. This will save you the frustration of having to find somewhere fast (because everyone's starving). It will lessen the chance of arguing if everyone knows ahead of time where you're headed. Try to choose a place that will satisfy them all (hard to do I know, but it is possible.)
Since we live in the age of technology, we shouldn't ever hear “I'm bored and have nothing to do!” from our kids. Between Kindles, iPads, Laptops, Mp3's, Cell Phones, Handheld video games and more, kids can sit in one spot for hours (or days!) and still be entertained.
But if you want them to get their faces out of their devices for a bit, consider these ways to entertain your kids on long car trips.
How do you handle traveling with kids? We'd love to hear your tips in the comments!