October 23, 2012

How to have an enjoyable road trip

Here are a few things to keep in mind or to have on hand for those long trips in the car when you have children -- they work well when your traveling with adults too.
  • Don't drive 4 hours straight. The kids will go nuts and so will you. Take a 10-15 minute break every hour or two.
  • For safety, keep all the doors lock and engage the child safety locks on the back doors if you have young children.
  • Don't let the kids lie down, the safety belts can work properly and they might get motion sickness. Instead pack a lot of pillows they can prop up on.
  • Don't pack items high in the back of the car. If you make a quick stop it will jet forward with tremendous force injuring whomever it makes contact with.
  • Never drive when you are tired (or angry).
  • flashlight (check batteries)
  • first aid kit with lots of Band-Aids
  • bottled water
  • snacks
  • paper towels
  • tissues
  • blankets and small pillows
  • light jacket
  • wet wipes and some no water antibacterial gel
  • travel games, books, binoculars, drawing book with colored pencils and tape players with headphones