As you plan out your family road trip, you may be tempted to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible. Push that thought out of your head, because if you rush a road trip, you may end up missing out on fun opportunities.
Make the most of your travels with kids by taking the time to teach them, feed them local cuisine and talk to them about your plans. Here are some ways to keep your kids happy on a road trip.
How to Plan A Family Road Trip That Will Keep the Kids Happy
Get Everyone Involved
Involve your kids in the road trip plans. Set aside an evening and lay out a map of where you are going. Take the time to explain the route and ask them what they think about it.
Obviously, you most likely have a budget planned out for your trip, but kids enjoy voicing their opinions. Consider allowing each child to choose a place they want to stop on the way to your destination.
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Bring a Lot of Snacks
Bring a lot of snacks that are perfect for road trips! Again, allow your kids to help you with the road trip menu. Let each of your kids pick a snack or two that they want to take along.
Remind them of what makes a good road trip snack: things that won’t melt, aren’t sticky, limited crumbs, etc. Since your kids probably won’t make the healthiest choices, make sure the snacks you choose have some nutritional value!
Make Plenty of Stops
Don’t feel pressured to rush your road trip. Give yourself the time you need to make stops along the way. Do some sight-seeing to break up the time of driving for hours on end. Do your research and come up with some great stops that your kids will love!
Get in Some Exercise
Plan out specific breaks that will get your kids moving. Map out your route to see if you pass any state parks, nature trails or playgrounds. If your kids are able to get outside and exercise, they’ll be even happier when they are back in the car. They may even take a nap!
Make the Most of the Scenery
Not every road trip has the most beautiful scenery. On one particular trip, my nephew spotted a new building that was under construction and he asked what it was.
This turned into a game where everyone in the car took turns guessing what each building was used for. Make the most out of even the most mundane scenery. You may learn something new!
Come Prepared with Distractions
When all else fails, come prepared with distractions. Portable video games, DVDs, travel board games, and books are great when it comes to bored kids. If your kids don’t like reading, bring a few audio books that the whole family can listen to!
Don’t give your kids everything all at once. As they get bored, pull out something new to keep their attention for a while.
Road trips should be fun for the whole family! If you involve your kids, they will learn new things and appreciate the memories they make with you!
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