What better way to spend a weekend with the family than out on an adventure? The sun is shining, you’ve packed up the car for a well-deserved family break and the kids are…well, let’s be honest, the kids are already bored in the back seat and you’ve only been on the road half an hour. Time for some urgent damage control to keep you’re kids entertained and ensure that your trip is as stress-free as possible. We’ve compiled some tips from top parenting blogs around the web to help you keep them happy on those long car journeys…
Aly Mashrah, writer of The Michigan Mom makes sure she has all the snacking essentials sorted before leaving home:
“I like to keep snacks simple for long road trips. I went on an 18-hour flight with my 2-year old and made sure to stock up on fruits (grapes, apples, strawberries, blueberries and banana), vegetables like carrots and celery were great, and also some healthy fats like almonds and cashews. I tried to keep snacks very simple and nutritious so that my toddler had enough energy during meals and didn’t get the sugar-rush processed snacks would give him.”
Tésa Nicolanti, the brains behind 2 Wired 2 Tired, is no stranger to roadtrips with her kids, and also relies on smart snacking to make it through the journey
“We roadtrip frequently to visit family in another state and it’s a couple of hours each way. We always make sure to pack snacks that are not messy, simple to pack, easy to open, and are flavorful and filling. Some of our favorites include yogurt covered raisins, granola bars, cut up celery in a clear jar with a bit of peanut butter in the bottom, cheese sticks, dried fruit, and pre-made sandwiches.”
And on the road, Local Fun for Kids blogger Heather Wray told us music plays a big part in happy children on a long journey:
“My kids like to sing-a-long to popular songs on the radio. When travelling, we usually find a good pop music station, and sing to our favorite songs. It’s amazing how good kids can ‘dance’ while strapped in their car seats! She also added that sometimes silence is best; particularly around nap time since it’s easier for everyone to fall asleep.”
Raki Wright from Outside the Box Mom had some great advice for keeping the kids busy in the car:
“I would recommend listening to nursery rhymes, lullabies, or simple classical music,” she said, adding a sing-along can also be great fun. “My kids enjoy singing B-I-N-G-O, Old McDonald, and other current popular songs we all enjoy.”
Family-centric blogger Ashley Thompson, who blogs over at And the Little Ones Too recommends regular pit stops along the way. She recommends:
“At least 1 every 2-3 hours especially if you have a child in diapers. Within an hour after eating whether you made sure everyone used the bathroom or not before you left. It does wonders to not throw you off.”
Jennifer Bullock of Mommy B Knows Best, a blog that focuses on parenting tips and product reviews agreed that regular stops are best. When it comes to stopping, she recommended:
“Depending on the length of the trip, I would say stopping 1-2 hours with children in diapers/potty training and maybe 2-3 hours with older children.”
Thanks to all our bloggers for the great tips – and happy travels!
What do you do to keep the kids entertained on a long journey?