5 Tips for Road Trips with Kids
1. Start young... If kids begin to travel when they are young, by the time they are tweens, they'll be experts. Next time you're at the airport or on an excursion, observe around you. You'll know instantly which ones travel a lot and which ones don't.
2...or wait. If you know your children well, you may want to save the really long road trips until they are tweens. Gradually increase the length of the trips. In the meantime, take day trips (staycations, excursions, etc.). Prep the kids for journeys that will take over an hour. For really long trips, start when they are asleep so that you can be several hours in by morning. Have snacks and activities ready. Also, plan the route for restroom stops.
3. Oxymoron: plan to be spontaneous and take your time and stay on schedule. How? Have a loose agenda but don't be afraid to switch it up. Include some of electronics and toys. Sometimes those billboards on the interstate that announce sightseeing attractions pay off. Take a short detour and then get back on schedule.
4. Always book lodging with a pool. Your nerves will thank you. Know your children's ending point and plan to be at your hotel 2 hours before their bedtime.
5. It's OK to suspend some rules to have fun. And it's OK to keep some. Stick to bedtime rules if you're going to be on the road the next day. Let them stay up a hour later if you're staying put.
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