Although planning a family road trip can be a daunting task, especially if there are children involved. But if you strategise properly and plan the trip taking into consideration that your kids have different needs, you can actually turn it into a blockbuster. It’ll play like a movie in your head years after you’re back, giving you an opportunity of relishing the beautiful memories you’ve created together. Also Read - Essentials Every Camper Must Have While Being Out In The Wild
A family that travels together, grows a special bond. One which is not out of obligation. But out of sheer love and respect for one another and the realisation that our greatest friends can be our family members. Also Read - How Travel Goes From Spontaneous to Luxurious As You Age
Here are a few tricks to put together your next road trip fearlessly with your young kids or pre-schoolers or even teens: Also Read - Important Tips to Remember While High Altitude Hiking in India
Include the kids in the planning process
Kids love the idea of projects. Sit them down and discuss your travel with them asking them what they’d like on a road trip: beaches, mountains, big cities, small town, relaxation or adventure? Remember that no matter what you plan, it should to some extent be children-friendly. Because a bored kid is a very unhappy kid.
Pay attention to their nutrition
Loading up on sugary treats or junk food and cola with your kids in the back seat is a bad idea. They may enjoy it for a while, but it’ll ultimately make them unfit and low on nutrition. Stock up on healthy treats; nuts, seeds, popcorn, granola bars, cut fruits, fresh juice, yogurt, with an occasional bag of chips to spice it up a little. Make sure the children have plenty of water lest they get dehydrated or have a heat-stroke.
Entertainment is a huge factor on a road-trip
It’s a difficult to keep a child, especially on a road-trip, entertained and interested. So work on this one in advance. Bring along their favourite toys, their colour-books and crayons, some board-games and a tablet where they can play games or even watch a movie or two. The back of your car may end up looking like your drawing-room but it’s a win-win situation because then you will be able to listen to some music or chat with your partner without interruption.
Stop after every couple of hours, take a break often
It’s a mess when four people spend a long time in a confined space. Arguments or tiffs break out, there’s annoyance and irritability because of clash of opinions. So in order to avoid that, make it a point to stop every hour or two. Get out, stretch your legs, grab some fresh juice, walk around a bit, let your children run around a bit and then get ready to hit the road again. Stopping in a quite place for a little picnic lunch is also a great idea for the road trip.
Spend more time in fewer places
Don’t try to go everywhere and do everything; it’s a recipe for burnout and budget blowout. Slow down. Spend more time in one place rather than trying to cram as many places into the itinerary. Constant packing, unpacking and resettling every couple of days can exhaust your kids. completely. The less you feel you have to see, the more enjoyable and stress-free it’ll be for everyone. Pay attention to more important things like: good conversation, patience, laughter, and an adventurous spirit.