I love to drive! As a kid, I remember enjoying road trips with my parents – whether it was driving around looking at mansions or driving hours to a fun destination. As an adult, I still love to go on road trips, but sometimes it can be a challenge when we have kids in the car. Whether mom or dad drives a Sedona or a Forte, the right car can make all the difference between a successful road trip and tear-your-hair-out mess. After going on a few long road trips with kids, I have a few tips for how to keep kids happy on a road trip.
1. Drive in a comfortable, family-friendly car. I’ve had the opportunity to test drive various cars through my blogging endeavors and one of my favorites was the KIA Sorento. It was an amazingly comfortable, family-friendly vehicle. The kids loved riding it and having their own drink holders and space in the car!
2. Pack snacks. I’ve found snacks to be a lifesaver when it comes to road trips! When I pack snacks, I like to make sure they are as mess-free as possible. But let’s admit it as parents, no matter the snack, you know some of it will end up in the car! With that being said, I try to stay away from sticky, brightly colored snacks. Throughout the road trip, I’ll hand out various baggies of snacks to the boys. Sometimes it’s fun to give each child a paper lunch bag with their name on it and a variety of snacks they can choose from.
3. Take breaks. Taking breaks on your road trip is vital to a successful road trip. I like to stop at rest stops during the day so the kids get a chance to use the bathroom and get out to stretch their legs. It’s also good for mom and dad to take breaks on road trips!
4. Play music. When we go on road trips, the kids love to listen to music. I like to play either Pandora or Sirius radio because the kids get a variety of songs. Their favorite stations are Phineas & Ferb and SpongeBob SquarePants. When the kiddos fall asleep, we change it to music we want to listen to.
5. Pack electronics or toys. Our kids love to play on the iPad and I find it extremely helpful to have when traveling on road trips. They can play games, read, or watch movies on the iPads. However, if you have a little one who experiences motion sickness, I recommend packing a toy or bag of toys he or she can play with.
Remember, road trips with kids can be fun if you are prepared. So remember these tips for a successful road trip with kids the next time you and your family head out on the road!
What is your favorite tip for keeping kids happy on a road trip?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.