It is essential to break the monotony of work and enjoy some time off to avoid health issues. What is more allocating sufficient time to work and family can be tricky. If you concentrate too much on work, you might lose the affection of your loved ones. That is why guardians plan getaways with their children once in a while. The best getaway plans are road trips as they are fun and allow for bonding. However, planning one can be tricky when you think of driving with toddlers seated at the backseat. More so, the thought can be disheartening if the trip is a few hours long. Fortunately, your trip can be perfect if you plan appropriately. In this article are some helpful pointers to make your journey memorable to you and your kids.
You need to develop a route plan first. Begin by pointing out the ideal destination and the distance you need to cover to get there. Then, identify the shortest route to the place. After that, distinguish the fastest route that you can use to get there. The reason is that children often get uptight during long hours of driving. However, if your kids enjoy the road, you can decide to use the longest route. Once sure about the directions, download them to your iOS or Android device. Most of the times, parents are not familiar with the destination and might need guidance. Software such as Satnavs is ideal. You can also use GPS or online route planners to follow your route. Online planners are the best if you want to visit different destinations. But, always have a backup plan as there have been rare stories of the software crushing and misleading drivers. In the same way, your travel schedule should be inclusive of breaks for your children to feed, stretch or use the bathroom.
You need to also make memories and appreciate nature. As you drive, stop at any interesting sceneries such as landmarks and attractions that are child friendly. That enables your kids to make most of the trip and become eager to join upcoming road trips. You should carry a video recorder or camera and capture all the moments.
A trip is no fun without entertainment. You should carry toys, videogames, electronic gadgets and DVDs that have their favorite tunes. Also, the kids will sleep at some point. Thus, remember to pack a cuddly toy and a blanket. You can carry pencils, coloring books and crayons if you have older kids.
Similarly, carry drinks, water and drinking cups. Most importantly, carry extra diapers, wet wipes and extra clothing for changing in case of emergency.