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Last year, when I thought about climbing behind the wheel of Bob the van, and heading out for a 50 day road trip with four boys in the backseat, I was more than a little nervous. Would they behave, would I be tempted to throw them out the window? In my head I had visions of us singing a rendition of “On The Road Again” and laughing merrily all the way. Unfortunately, things rarely turn out like they are in my head, so I had to have a real plan. The tips below are some that I used on our 50 day summer road trip last year, and ones I will be using again on our 70 day road trip this summer.
Have Entertainment Available
By this, I do not necessarily mean electronics. In fact, my children were unplugged during our entire 50 day camping trip. I find that they actually fight and argue more when I let them have electronics in the car. Sing-a-Long CD’s, books on tape, books and fun car games like road trip bingo are all great ways to keep the kids occupied, which will give them less time to think about whining or starting fights with each other.
Make Them Comfortable
A comfortable child is happy child. That’s why, when we pack up the car for an extended trip, I make sure the boys have their pillows and blankets, but comfort goes further than that. One item I like to bring with us are sun shades that have suction cups on the back. You can suction these onto the windows to keep the sun out. Having easy access to a drink and other items your kids will need regularly goes a long way in keeping them comfortable and happy too.
As adults, we only think of getting to our final destination as quickly as possible. We all grew up hearing our parents warn that they were “Not going to stop.” However, a short 10 minute break at a rest stop every so often helps the kids burn off some energy, and will make your vehicle a much more pleasant place to be.
My boys love road trips because they know they come with delicious snacks. As much as we hate to admit it, snacks work as a sort of boredom buster when it comes to road trips. One of the boys favorite snacks is pudding. New Super Snack Packs® available at Walmart make great individually packaged road trip snacks. They seem like a treat to the kids, and as much as I hate to admit it, have been used as a bribe for good behavior on a few occassions. The new bigger Super Snack Pack size with 60% more pudding per cup, means that they are plenty big enough to fill kids up, and they come in three great flavors, chocolate, vanilla and chocolate/vanilla. Right now, you can even get a $1 off coupon to get them for less.
Road tripping with kids doesn’t have to be a disaster. It is possible to go on extended trips with kids in the car and not have it turn into a screaming, fighting mess. Have a road trip tip to share? Feel free to leave it in the comment section below.