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Planning a family trip? Travel with kids can be harrowing for the unprepared. Let’s look at some ways to make your car trip smoother with your kids.
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with kids can be harrowing for the unprepared. If your parents took you on long
trips, you may remember your little brother singing out variations on “Are we
there yet?” while your parents tried to keep you quiet. As snacks ran low, new
car games were invented: “How many bites can you get out of a raisin?” became a
fierce, and fortunately time-consuming, competition with your siblings. Road
maps from other states were handed round, and your mission was to scour the map
looking for towns with names that matched towns you were driving through. In a
last desperate attempt at peace, not sparing their sanity, your parents may
have even given-in to the endless classic “I spy with my little eye.” Now it’s
your turn. Let’s look at some ways to make your car trip smoother with
Whenever possible, allow extra time for the drive. Breaking
it up over a couple days, or just allowing for longer rest stops can keep
energetic kids from getting too wild in the car. Try to incorporate a few stops
along the way. Look for zoos, interactive historical sites, and national parks
along your route that offer a chance for the kids to run around. Allow at least
half an hour for each stop.
Although you made sure everyone went before they left the
house, kids just can’t ever seem to hold it until the next rest stop. On long
trips it's worse. What do you do when there’s no bathroom nearby? Sometimes
it’s not even possible to pull over and find a tree. Disposable jugs or jars
(with lids that seal on tightly) could relieve the issue. There are companies
making a variety of travel toilets for impromptu pit-stops. Don’t forget to
have extra wipes handy.
Try to avoid high-sugar snacks for long trips. The extra
energy is not needed. Even teens do better with lower sugar levels on longer
car rides. Higher protein options will keep them satisfied so you can drive
through normal mealtimes and make better choices about when and where to stop
along the way. It’s also important to choose foods that won’t make a mess or
stain the upholstery in your car. These snack foods are great for car trips:
Try to steer clear of messy foods like yogurt that may drip
and harden into a hidden source of bad smells. Remember, you’ll have a return
Every parent knows the benefits of portable DVD players and
mobile internet access. Worried about the effects of using this technology too
much? To reduce screen time and prevent over-stimulation, include audio-books
along with videos. Your batteries will last a little longer if you take
"intermissions" to talk about what happened in the story. What was
their favorite part? Was there a lesson they learned? Did any of the characters
remind them of people they know? Bonus
tip: For children of different ages who may not agree on what to watch,
headphones are a lifesaver.
Children won't already be bored with I spy, tic-tac-toe,
hangman, cards, and 20 questions because the games are still new to them;
however, here are some other great classic games your kids may not know yet:
These games allow your kids to play together even though
they're stuck in car seats. Can you think of more games from your own childhood
You’ll find that with a little advance planning and some
creative thinking it’s possible to get through a long car trip smoothly. If
your car is too small for a comfortable trip with all your kids, look into
finding a St. George Hyundai
dealership for one that matches your growing family. Make sure your car is
serviced before the trip. Keep lots of options handy to switch things out when
frustrations or boredom begins to threaten. Allow plenty of time for stops.
Above all else, remember that you set the tone. If you act like it’s a fun
adventure, chances are that your kids will think it’s a fun adventure too, and
they'll be less likely to become cranky.
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