Travelling with kids can be a lot of fun… the joys of exploring a new place, the memories, the sense of adventure.
For the road tripper.
1. Work out where you will stop and where you can get decent food. If you choose to skip Maccas in search of something more healthy, I guarantee you will drive another 40 minutes before you come across – you guessed it – another McDonalds.
2. Games…. Yes, they are clichéd and will drive you batty but they can hold off the onslaught of the ever popular ‘are we there yet?’, ‘how much further?’ You can count cars, play I Spy, or even make up a checklist of sights to see, anything to make the car ride a bit more bearable.
3. Headphones. I did not want to listen to The Wiggles on rotation for 10 hours…. Depending on the age of your kids there are some great headphones on offer, my eldest son’s car seat even has speakers built in so he can listen to his tunes while my husband and I listen to True Crime podcasts. #winning
4. Toys. The most popular device on our last road trip was a $10 etch a sketch. Yes, Mum did get sucked into drawing at least 178 dinosaurs but they explored their creativity without smushing red crayon into the back seat of the car.
5. Portable potties. Buy one. Kids always want to stop at the rest stop with snake warnings and no toilet paper and then do a #2