Planning A Safe Road Trip With Kids

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Ensure your kids are safe and happy on a long family road trip with a little prior planning.

Long Road Trips with the Kids

With Easter coming up many families are contemplating a long road trip. Travelling with children is not always easy, so it's best to plan ahead to ensure your family reaches its destination safely and unfrazzled.
The driver of the car usually makes sure the car is safe to drive and adults consider what the travel plans are, but often parents overlook how they will keep their kids happy and safe throughout a long car trip. With a bit of prior planning the trip can be both enjoyable and safe.

Setting Expectations for a Safe and Happy Trip

Prior knowledge of what to expect goes a long way with kids. If they understand how long the trip is going to take, where and when stops will be along the way and what is expected of them if the trip is particularly long, they are more ikely to co-operate and contribute to a more enjoyable trip.
A distracted driver is not a safe driver. Explain to your children why it is important to behave throughout such a trip, even if it is long. Maybe even implement a reward system for good behaviour along the way. This is best worked out in conjunction with the kids before you set out, so they know the rules.

Food and Refreshment

Kids will survive a long road trip in the car if their needs are catered for. Help your kids put together a snack box for along the way, using either a lunch box or plastic container for each child.
As well as including healthy snacks, include some treats as well, things they may not normally be allowed. If children are involved in the responsibility of putting their snack boxes together they are more likely to respect the contents and ration themselves throughout the trip. Remember a drink bottle is also important so they don't get dehydrated. Hungry, thirsty kids become grumpy kids and that's when trouble can start.
Again, it's a matter of prior planning and helping the kids understand how long the snack box needs to last. Also explain when or how often planned breaks will take place when they can stretch their legs and have a meal.

Games and Entertainment for the Trip

Another requirement for taking kids on a longer trip is travel entertainment. These days many kids have tablets or other electronic games and toys that will keep them occupied for long periods of time. Books to read, puzzle and activity books, pens and a book to scribble or write in are also good child minders. A pre-written Scavenger Hunt for along the way is also a good idea.
Make time as well to include some family fun, games such as I Spy, sing-alongs and story telling can pass reasonable chunks of time and break the monotony.

Enjoy a Happy Kid Safe Trip

With a bit of family consultation and prior planning kids can be kept safe and happy throughout the trip. This enables the driver to focus on the road and other traffic and prevents tensions rising.
Remember these ideas to help you on your way and you're sure to have a safe and happy car trip, no matter how long it is.

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author avatar Carol Roach
30th Mar 2015 (#)

I never went on a long trip with a child. I don't own a car and never had the money for a vacation

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author avatar Val Mills
30th Mar 2015 (#)

In New Zealand family road trips in the car are quite common. I now save for a year or so in a special account for my holidays, not always by car now.

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author avatar johnnydod
30th Mar 2015 (#)

So good to see you Val .. Happy Easter

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author avatar Val Mills
30th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Johnny, trying to remember how things work here.

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author avatar Retired
30th Mar 2015 (#)

Nice share. Enjoyed every bit of the article.

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author avatar Ptrikha
7th Apr 2015 (#)

Indeed, combination of water, healthy snacks as well as Treats do matter for kids on a long journey.

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