Everything You Need For The Perfect Family Road Trip

I know a lot of people with children who wouldn’t dream of taking their kids on a road trip. It’s easy to see why - traveling from place to place and always being on the move is a challenge when you have little ones.

But with a little planning, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy a vacation on four wheels. And, in my humble opinion, you should try it! A simple road trip can be a fantastic opportunity to teach your kids about having an adventure, seeing the country, and experiencing wildlife from a close distance.

It’s also worth pointing out that a road trip will cost you far less than a ten-day stay in a hotel! With all this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things you will need to consider when planning for the perfect family road trip.


Consult a map

First of all, it’s time to go old school, pull out an updated map, and plan your route. While road trips can be fun, you will find yourself under a lot of pressure if you are driving blind.

You will need to stop every few hours with kids in the car, and also nightly - preferably in a child-friendly motel, hotel, or camp site. Finding an RV park or two is also a good idea - they are cheap, and most will have all the amenities you need to freshen up in the morning before you set off again.

Don’t forget to research good places to eat while on the way. Finally, it’s best to underestimate the distances you will travel. Traffic, inclement weather, or even a burst tyre could hold you up, so give yourself some breathing space.


Family packing

The great thing about packing for a road trip is that you can be less picky than if you were flying by plane. The more room you have in your RV, the more you can pack - it’s as simple as that.

Obviously, you need to pack plenty of clothing for the kids, but you should all have a small overnight bag each, too. It will save you a lot of time from carrying all your luggage into a hotel or motel every night. Clothing aside, it’s essential to bring enough toys, games, and books for the kids, so they avoid distractions. At some points, they will be just as amazed by the scenery you drive through as you will be - but they will have moments where they need some other stimulus.

While it’s tempting to let your kids plug into a tablet or smartphone, use them sparingly - it’s a great chance to promote things like conversation and storytelling.


Bring snacks

Don’t forget snacks - and keep them healthy, too. You will be amazed by a number of times your kids complain of hunger and thirst, so plenty of tasty treats and lots of water will be essential.

String cheese, pretzels, vegetable sticks - they can all go in a simple cooler bag. Stock up on some reusable containers, too. They can keep all your healthy snacks fresh while in the cold box.

And there you have it - it’s that simple. As long as you plan your route well and have enough on board to keep the kids interested and satisfied, there is no reason why you won’t reach your destination without a hitch. Good luck - and enjoy your trip!





Gift Ideas for Kids


if you have a child that wants to help in the kitchen, this set and interactive cookbook from Curious Chef makes the ideal gift for kids age 4 and up. I love this because the cookbook is hands on and my early reader has had a ton of fun checking out recipes and completing activities. The 17 piece measuring set is perfect for a beginner in the kitchen to get hands on with.





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    Retailing from $20-$30, these kits are more than just a model because they have the bells and whistles of star wars included.The three plastic model new kits are available at Toys R Us, Target and Hobby Lobby stores and online at Amazon. Batteries are included.







                




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    If you want to encourage learning, you can't go wrong with a STEM kit from Magnaformers. We loved the Robot kit as it encourages hands on learning through play. Featuring 7 geometric shapes and 8 accessories this is a great kit for both boys and girls this holiday season. Retailing at about $80, this is an all in one gift for learning, growing and playing.
        
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    Grape Nuts Bark





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    First, melt your candy coating in the microwave or in a double boiler. Stirring often.
    Second, line a cookie sheet with wax paper.



    Third, spread your melted chocolate on the wax paper lined cookie sheet.


    Last, sprinkle Grape Nuts over the melted chocolate. Place the cookie sheet into the fridge and allow to harden, it will take about 20-30 minutes. When the chocolate is hard, break it into small chunks for an incredibly delicious and wholesome Grape Nuts Bark!



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