Spring is finally here, which means holiday season is just around the corner. If you’re hoping to skip the expensive flights and see our beautiful country from the comfort of your own car, you’re in good company. Road trips are an awesome way to get out of your own city this summer and save money while you travel. The only downside can be the stress that occasionally comes with travelling with small children. If you have babies or toddlers, you’ll know that a drive to the supermarket can be stressful enough, let alone a long streak of hours on the road. Don’t lose hope, though, there are ways to make the journey a fun one for the whole family.
Allow for sleepy time. Some parents find that driving long streaks of the trip during the night is a great way to get to your destination while the little ones are fast asleep. You can give that a try, but you may still need to allow for nap times and a more relaxed atmosphere in the car in the sunlight hours, too. This is where window shades or car window tinting brisbane can come in handy. Tinted windows allow your kids to rest easy in the back seat without uncomfortable bright sun heating them up all day long while you drive, and make it dim enough to get a proper nap in even when they’re away from the comfort of their own bed. Just remember to pack those favourite stuffed animals, blankets, and pillows.
There’s no such thing as too many snacks. Though you’ll probably stop for a couple roadside meals during your road trip, snacks are absolutely key to keeping the kids happy on a long drive. Pack a bag full of every kind of snack you can think of, whether it’s healthy or not – the trick is making sure you have enough to keep them full and happy throughout the whole journey so you don’t have any hunger-related meltdowns along the way. You may want to limit the sugary snacks though, as a toddler on a sugar high trapped in a backseat can be difficult to manage.
Get plenty of fun things to listen to. Charge up all of your devices and have plenty of fun options on hand of interesting things to listen to while you’re on the road. Audiobooks can be lots of fun for older kids, but even toddlers will enjoy audio versions of their favourite stories. You can get audio books of fun fairy tales, their favourite bedtime stories for wind down time, and a few grown-up options for once they finally fall asleep and you need some entertainment yourself. Don’t forget to bring fun family music that you can all sing along to with everyone’s favourite tunes.
Take turns driving. Babies and toddlers have a way of mirroring their parents’ emotions. This means that if you’re going to be tired and irritable, you can expect your kids to reflect that right back at you with plenty of tantrums and tears. Avoid your own meltdown by taking turns when it comes to getting behind the wheel and taking breaks. If you have no choice but to tackle the driving on your own then make sure you schedule proper breaks at regular interviews.