Are you ready for the holiday season?
“It is a brave parent who can face the prospect of driving for hours – or days – with a gaggle of kids in the back singing ‘Are we there yet?’ on repeat.”
Although a long holiday road trip can be a great bonding experience, too much time together cooped up in a car has its challenges!
To make sure you and your family have the best road trip possible, there are several tried-and-tested tips parents have used for years to make their vacation more affordable, less stressful, and a lot more fun.
With a little preparation and planning, the journey could even end up being better than your destination. Ready to take the wheel? Here are some tips for taking a road trip with kids.
-Toys and tools for travel
Although fighting off backseat boredom can be a big issue when road tripping with children, finding ways to avoid messes and excessive noise can also be challenging. Fortunately, there are many games that do not include cell phones that can help keep them busy.
There is also plenty of great organizational gear you can get for your road trip to help cut down on spills and other messes. Several companies make seatback pouches and organizers where you can store all of your kid’s snacks, games, and toys.
-Get to know beautiful South Africa
The best family road trips introduce your children to the natural beauty of South Africa, taking you and your family to gorgeous places you just can’t get to by plane. Make the effort to tell your children stories about the country, the people and the places while adding a bit about when you visited these special places before they were born!
-Arrange outfits in advance
With long days on the road, late nights and early mornings, you want to nail packing so that changing everyone into their PJs at night and into fresh clothes the next day is hassle-free.
Packing cubes offer an easy way to keep clothes in order. Give each family member their own packing cube color scheme and organise items so that they’re easy to find. For example, put all the tops in one cube, underwear in another, bottoms in the next and so forth. Shoes should also have their own cube to keep the rest of the clothes clean.
-Remember the basics
A spare tyre is always a good idea. Having the number for roadside emergencies is handy, too. Consider your route – will you be driving through adverse weather conditions? Do your kids need car seats or boosters? A First aid kit is a must-have for any road trip – with enough tablets, plasters, and goodies for any emergency.
-Optimise your stops
Map your journey and research where you can stop along the way that will be interesting for you and the children. Search online in advance for child-friendly cafes, museums, landmarks and other such places that will make each stop an exciting part of your journey rather than just a bathroom break. To give yourselves a head start, consider putting the kids in the car before they even wake up in the morning to get a few hours to drive in while they’re still asleep.
-Learn as you go
Road trips are a great opportunity to teach your youngsters about the world. Giving kids activity sheets and maps not only helps them learn about the places you’re visiting but also engages them in the day-to-day journey.
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