Halloween is gone, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and before we know it Christmas will be here. I know alot of families are traveling for Thanksgiving so I wanted to offer some travel tips to try to avoid those car meltdowns.
My family has always traveled alot. We don’t usually travel around the holidays because we are lucky enough to have most of our family live nearby. To those of you traveling home, or elsewhere this holiday season, I offer you these tips:
- Take breaks.Just because you can sit in the car for 8 hours straight does not mean your kids can, break it up frequently to keep them from getting too restless.
- Come prepared. Make sure you have plenty of snacks and a big variety, after all they can’t scream if they have food in their mouth, right? Hehe. Just be sure you have enough of the same thing so each kid can have one or they will fight over them!
- Entertainment is key! Bring along lots of options. I let my son pick a few toys and then I surprise him with stuff. I usually go to the dollar store before a trip and get a few things and when he gets bored I pop one out.
- Games. Classic car games are still fun! If you have older kids you can play the license plate game, I SPY, travel bingo, or look at the clouds and say what you see! It is also fun to get a dry erase board and then you can draw, play tic tac toe, or make other games as you chose, and it saves paper!
- Timing is key. If you have any flexibility and you have little ones, try to travel around when they sleep. We have many times left at 10:00 at night so the kids would sleep the whole time. We have done that and drove half the way and stayed in a hotel and finished in the morning when we were driving 15+ hours. Or you could go around nap time or keep them up from their nap so they will sleep in the car.
- Hit the Library. I always go to the library before a long trip. I pick out some books my kids will like as well as DVDs and then surprise them when they start getting fidgety. Just be sure to grab extra DVDs because alot of times the library ones are scratched, but hey at least it’s free!
- Breathe. You will get there eventually so when everyone is at their breaking point just take a deep breath, turn up the music and sing along!
Drive carefully and always buckle up! This goes for mom and dad too! After all you need to set a good example!