Traveling with kids. Do you feel tired just hearing that sentence? :) If you’ve read my blog for a while you know that Kenny and I travel often with our kids. Especially to our home town in southern Utah to visit family. The drive is exactly 6 1/2 hours from our doorstep to our favorite retreat (my moms house) if there is no traffic. We have made that trip with our kids so many times in the last ten years (and many other trips) that I feel like I’ve learned a lot about how to make traveling with little ones as pleasant as possible. I’ve had several people ask if I have any tips on traveling with kids and I do! Here are just a few things that we do to make our road trips go as smooth as possible.
Tip 3) Allow plenty of time for stops along the way. You really have to learn to “enjoy the journey” when traveling with little ones. Knowing you will make more stops and planning that extra time into your trip will make for a more stress free travel day.
Tip 4) Pack each child his/her own little bag of snacks and fun things to do on the drive.
Here are a few things I load the girls’ bags with: coloring books, word searches, crayons, clip boards with blank paper so they can write letters or draw pictures….
Sometimes I toss in some homemade flashcards of whatever I’ve been working on with them. For this trip Addison was working on adding doubles and Ellie was working on her three times tables. Practicing their math facts isn’t their favorite travel activity, but sometimes I can get them to quiz each other and make it into a fun game.
I also toss in their Boogie Board Pads. Same concept as an etch-a-sketch. A fun writing tablet that you use a certain pen for and erase with the touch of a button.
I always pack the girls a few snacks of their own and just tell them when they can eat them along the way. Wet wipes are a staple for dirty hands or spills and the black case holds our DVD’s – the ultimate survival tool for a successful long trip! We are so grateful for our DVD player in the van. We usually try to go as long as we can without a movie and then toss one on when the kids start getting restless and are tired of doing other things. They aren’t a necessity but boy do they make traveling with kids (especially our two year old!) much easier.
Tip 5) Don’t swear at the other cars on the road because your kids will hear and they won’t forget and they will remind you over and over that you said a bad word. (This tip was brought to you by my husband. Thanks to my girls he is working on his road rage.)