Seat belts

Kids in the car, it’s late, they’re tired, you’re tired and start driving erratically – what can be done? When you’re in a car traveling at a constant speed with several children on board, things may tend to get dangerous – even more, dangerous than not having your best headlight restorer with you. Unfortunately, one can’t increase the price of gas or give you more room in the car, but we can help with survival strategies, ideas for entertainment, and a series of practical steps to take. Let’s learn more!


Packing is important

If you have young ones with you such as toddlers, they may spill things, drool, and even throw up.  Long trips aren’t the most fun for children, but they can be doable and enjoyable as long as you have the right things with you. Make sure that you have a small bag that contains all of the next day’s clothes, plus some extra for spillages and the like. Your children will get erratic if they’re not comfortable, so bring all the essentials: toothbrush, PJs, pillows, and blankets. The blanket is especially essential if you’re road-tripping overnight and kids like their things with them, especially in strange places like a car. If a child is out of their seat, this will prove to be more dangerous, so comfort is paramount for everybody’s safety, keeping children in their place. If you have young ones with you such as toddlers, they may spill things, drool, and even throw up. It’s primarily to keep a set of wipes and some paper towels with you close by for easy cleanups. Garbage bags are also a very handy traveling toddler car seat travel accessory when things get messy!

Beating the boredom

Car traveling

Bringing snacks is important both for children and adults – eating gives one something to do when bored or tired. Make sure that kids are eating properly though, for instance, too much sugar will make them hyper! Pack healthy snacks for traveling in the car for the journey.

Beating boredom is all about giving your children things to do. Make sure you load up some kid-friendly hits onto an iPod and pack some child-friendly music. Family songs are also great – something you can all get into can really keep spirits up. The kids will also want to be getting on with their own independent activities, so make sure they have iPads, computers and whatever else they’re interested in. Choose some travel toys that will provide full engagement for as long as possible. But also remember they need to be travel-friendly – one can pick up travel board games everywhere, for instance. Getting in the backseat of your car for traveling is also a good idea if you’re able to. Perhaps you’re driving with another adult and so can take it in turns with them to distract cranky children or bored toddlers.



Stop off points

How hard is it to get out of the door with all the kids, first thing in the morning? The answer is – very. You’ll need to keep stopping and starting again till they’re sitting comfortably. The same rules can apply with a trip – keep stopping for regular breaks because it will help alleviate stress for both you and the kids, especially when traveling with newborns by car. Every few small breaks have a larger one, particularly to get some food.

Conclusion:

It may seem complicated on the face of it, but car traveling is easier than it sounds. It’s all about timing and making sure everything runs smoothly. Safe journey!

Have you ever traveled on long trips with children? How did things turn out? Please tell us in the comments section below.

Author’s bio: Lucas Cappel is a proud father of five children and has been on many car journeys with his whole family. He certainly knows a thing or two about them! Lucas graduated from UCL University with a degree in Economics before becoming a freelance writer. He now writes for various publications and websites.