Yay! Spring Break is upon us! Ok, who am I kidding? I don’t have “Spring Break” anymore, but one can dream of the sun and the sand, right? But, traveling with little ones can be quite the task. Gone are the days of tossing our clothes and some toiletries in a bag and calling it good! Traveling with little ones is fun, and SOOOO worth it, but it takes a little more planning and preparation. If you’re hitting the road, here are some tips to make your drive a little more enjoyable for everyone:
4. Talk, talk, talk!
5. Set up the toys, activities, snacks, and whatever else you might need while on the road so that you can easily access them and get them to the kids. Or, have things set up so that your kids can access them if they’re old enough (and won’t blow through them too quickly). We hung stuff for Sweet Pea off of the seat in front of her, and it really worked well.
6. Music! Have your music ready, for you and the kiddos. Or, sing songs. Kids love it. Even if it might be a bit torturous to us adults.
7. Make sure your GPS is ready to navigate too. Pre-planning bathroom and play breaks is a great idea. Bubbles are good for quick ways to get out energy just about anywhere. Oh, and gas too. That’s important. If you’re in a hurry to get to your destination or just want to avoid getting the kids in and out of their car seats a gazillion times, combine gas stops with movement breaks. Even going for a short walk and looking at the flowers or whatever’s in the planter boxes around where you stop can help. It’s different, so it’s mildly entertaining…
8. Make sure you have movies, games, or TV shows downloaded on an old phone, iPad, or other device so that you can use them if all else fails and you need to occupy the little ones until your next break or until you get to your destination.
9. Keep a change of clothes for everyone easily accessible. It’s better than unpacking your luggage to get to it if needed. Medicine too if you need it or think you might.
10. It might be a good idea to put potty trained little ones into pull-ups or something similar because it might not be feasible to stop every time they need to use the restroom and changing pull-ups is easier than cleaning out a car seat accident. Especially on the road. A travel potty is also a good idea, especially since gas station restrooms aren’t always the cleanest, and because you might not have time to find one before your little one needs to use the bathroom.
11. Remember to allow extra time for stops and other “delays.” We stopped every 2-3 hours and it seemed to break up the drive nicely. You can also drive while your kids sleep (leave after dinner and around bed time, wake up early, get the kids in the car while they’re still drowsy, and hit the road, plan your drives around nap time). Throw some blankets in the car to make dozing off a little more cozy for them.
Have fun!! Remember that it’s the little, ordinary things your children will remember the most when they’re older. Make it fun! Make it memorable. How do you make road trips with little ones easier and more enjoyable?
Interested in more tips? Check out this Guest Post I did on For the Love of Blank.