5 Kid-Friendly Ways to Survive a Road Trip

For most families, road trips are the best ways to enjoy a vacation. However, these are the times where some must overcome challenges such as breastfeeding, potty training, tantrums, and even the rare five minutes of quiet time.

Want to know how to prepare yourself for situations like these and more? Check out these five kid-friendly ways to survive a road trip.

 

Stock up on Snacks

Prepare a cooler with food that you can eat quickly. Bring some sandwiches, cheese sticks, fruit, crackers, etc. Be sure that your kids will be able to eat the food themselves – or else the trip may end up causing you to make a detour to the next carwash. Don’t hand out snacks like yogurt tubes or candy. They will likely end up all over your children.

Bring Devices

We know – it’s vacation. But when you spend hours long on the road, one can only enjoy the same scenery for more than an hour to so. Children have short attention spans and may even become cranky once left with nothing to do. Bring your devices such as your tablets, DVD player, game players, etc. let the kids enjoy the time allotted to play on the devices and keep your insanity intact. This may help maintain the children from whining and arguments the entire trip.

Set the tune

Children love music. Use your iPod to create a unique list for the journey or turn to your favorite radio stations. Allow the older kids their private space and some headphones.

Don’t Stress

Just go with the flow. Even with all the preparation, you may still face the challenges of road trips. Just dig deep and pull out the extra spare of patients and remember to enjoy the rest of the journey.

Check the weather

Nothing is worse than going on a road trip in horrible weather, especially with your kids. Not only is this dangerous, but it may also ruin the entire experience altogether. Be sure to check the weather conditions that lead up to your destination. Otherwise, you may end up spending time inside the hotel room instead of enjoying the great outdoors.

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Top 4 Travel Apps for the Road

One of the best ways to travel is through road trips. In fact, nearly 90% of Americans spend their vacations with road trips. However, planning for a road trip is entirely different than actually being prepared. Your car could break down, get stuck in bad weather, or even get lost. Thankfully, with these mobile apps, you can plan ahead for your road trip and be prepared for any unexpected changes and detours.

Here are four travel apps for the road.

 

GasBuddy

When the time comes where you need to refuel, the GasBuddy will help you find gas according to location and price. This will help you save a few bucks just by going farther down the road.

The GasBuddy app is available on BlackBerry, Android, Windows, iOS, and The Web.

 

Field Trip – Google

The Field Trip app looks for sites that may interest you along the way. You can base the search on the categories and location. It will then add pop up cards when you’re heading towards something you might like. The Field Trip app will include recommendations from travel publications such as Sunset, Zagat, and Thrillest.

The Field Trip app is available on Android and iOS.

 

Google Maps

For cars that don’t have a navigation system, Google Maps will give you directions. A big bonus of this app is that you can detect upcoming traffic, construction, and accidents; which will automatically direct you to a quicker route. It’s been proven beneficial for thousands of users as you can use the GPS navigation system everywhere.

The Google Maps app is available on iOS, Android, and The Web.

 

Roadtrippers

Add your starting location and destination along with the dates of travel and Roadtrippers will find things you may be interested in along the way. The app will help you plan your journey with stops and unique attractions like museums, restaurants, camp sites, amusement parks and more. Once you choose the activities you look, you can just add it to your trip, and the app will draw your travel map according to the stops along the way.

The Roadtrippers app is available on iOS, The Web, and Android.

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Top Road Safety Tips

Getting ready for your next road trip? Make sure that it’ll be a fun and safe drive no matter where you’re heading without top road safety tips.

  1. Get your car checked out

Have your vehicle checked out to go over a quick maintenance routine. Ensure that the tire pressure, oil levels, tread levels, wiper blades, and fluid levels are fine. Get an oil change if needed. Be sure never to skip out on anything that needs a replacement. If something looks funky, get it fixed before you head out.

  1. Get some rest

First and foremost, never start your trip feeling exhausted. This can be extremely dangerous as every year more than 1,500 car accidents are due to drivers who fell asleep on the road. Be sure not to take any medication that can make you tired as well.

If you find yourself getting tired, either switch with your partner, stop somewhere for the night, take a break and stretch your legs – anything to keep yourself alert at all times.

  1. Have your GPS ready and backup directions

It is important to know exactly where you’re going. In fact, you could even end up in an unsafe neighborhood or stranded in the middle of nowhere if you don’t. Map out your course before you pack and keep a GPS on-hand. You should either have one on your car or your phone. This way, you’ll be able to stay on track the entire journey.

  1. Stock up on supplies

Keep your vehicle, and passengers fueled for the whole trip by stocking up on gas, food, drinks and everything in between. Choose healthy foods with a mix of sweet and salty to keep a balanced diet. Don’t forget to pack a gas can in your trunk. Getting stranded won’t just delay your trip; it could also lead to getting robbed in the wrong area.

Aside from these top four tips, always be sure to carry a spare and know how to change it. Have a car security system to protect yourself from accidents and even sure that it’s safe when parked at hotels. Follow these tips, and you’ll surely be on the route to enjoying your trip.

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