7 Tips For Travelling With Kids
Author: Bob Newman Date Posted:17 March 2014
Do you fear the family roadtrip?
Plan ahead for a smooth trip on the road with the bub.
Road tripping out of Sydney with the kids is rarely going to be a walk in the park, because what fun is sitting in a car for hours on end when they could be doing, well, almost anything else? However, this doesn’t always have to be the case if you plan ahead. Here are our top tips for tranquil travel.
- Silence is golden, so optimise sleep time. If you leave before daybreak, your child may continue sleeping, thinking that it is still night-time. Use this sleep time well and plan your stops so that you minimise the chance of waking your child.
- Likewise, make the most out of when your child is awake – make a bathroom stop, top up on snacks and water, have a quick play on the playground or have a short walk around a park.
- Pack lunch. This will save you time and heartache when your kid gets ‘hangry’ – that’s hungry and angry – and demands you turn the car around or so help them (or variations of that, anyway). Packing lunch will also buy you a bit more driving time as you won’t have to stop at a rest area to buy something from a fast food restaurant. If you’re nursing, bring your pump – you can pump in the car then give the baby a bottle, saving precious travel time.
- Car games are great. Participatory games such as I Spy get everyone involved, or if you’re after a bit of quiet time, colouring-in pages or small puzzles are great. Pack them into the pocket of the back of the front seat so your child can grab them as they wish.
- Pack a neck support cushion for greater comfort, whether your little one is asleep or not. Sitting in the same position for hours on end is even harder for smaller people!
- Play some dance music – this will perk all of you up, but getting the little ones to put their hands in the air like they just don’t care will help them burn some energy and sink back into snooze time further down the road.
- If you’ve tried all of the above and you still find yourself with a restless child, get the screen out. An hour or so using a tablet is fine, but if you’re on a really long journey, you’re going to want to hold out as long as you can. The tablet is hard to beat, and if it happens to run out of battery halfway through the journey, you’ll find it difficult to find an alternative.
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