How many times can your kids ask, “are we there yet?”
Last year, around 55 million Americans traveled for the holiday season, with 90 percent of them getting to their destinations by car.
Road trips are an American tradition, particularly around the holidays, but they can be a test for everyone’s patience, especially when you have kids. Keeping your kids entertained on a road trip isn’t just a must for everyone’s sanity—it’s also important because it can help you stay focused on the road and free from distractions. Read on to find out the best ways to keep your children’s minds engaged from the time you start your car until you reach your destination.
Download Our Free Activity Book
You don’t have to make a trip to the store just to ensure your kids will have enough things to do during your holiday road adventure. At Broussard & Hart, we’ve prepared a fun and free activity book that kids and parents alike can enjoy. It includes:
- Coloring pages
- Word searches
- Mad Libs
The book is free, and you can print out as many copies as you want right now to take with you on your upcoming family road trip.
Also, pack some fun games for the road. Card games are usually easier for the road than board games.
Don’t Forget to Pack These Items
Kids often have short attention spans, and an item that may be enthralling one moment will be quickly discarded the next. Pack plenty of different items to keep them occupied, including:
- Books—Depending on their age, picture books, coloring books, and activity books can be both educational and fun. Older children can get lost in children’s books and young adult books. Audiobooks are a good idea for kids who get motion sick when reading in the car, and they can often be found for free at your local library.
- Electronics & DVDs—Tablets, MP3 players, portable video game consoles, and smartphones can keep kids occupied for hours. Don’t forget the hotspots, headphones, and chargers!
- Toys—When picking toys, make sure they’re not large enough to take up too much room in the backseat, but also not small enough to fall between seats and become lost or difficult to retrieve.
- Snacks & Drinks—Keep everyone refreshed and energized throughout the trip by making sure to pack plenty of healthy snacks and drinks. Avoid sugary foods and liquids, as they can be sticky if spilled.
Follow These Tips for a Safer and Better Road Trip Experience
Packing up your vehicle with the necessities is a great first step, but you need to do more. These tips can help make the trip as stress-free as possible for you and your children:
- Make plenty of stops—The angst kids experience during long road trips is often due to being stuck in the car for long periods of time—not necessarily the length of the trip itself. To combat that problem, be sure to make regular stops for bathroom breaks, food, and to just stretch your legs and get some fresh air.
- Establish landmarks and trip milestones—Plan the route you’ll be taking ahead of time with your children and print out a map for your children. Mark planned stops, landmarks, and major cities you’ll pass through on their maps so they can track your progress and see how close you’re getting to your destination.
- Ensure your children are properly secured—Double and triple-check car seats and booster seats if you have small children who use them. When safety seats aren’t properly installed, they provide little to no protection. In addition, make sure older children remain buckled up when you’re driving, as kids often want to unbuckle to make themselves more comfortable.
Auto Accidents Increase Around the Holidays, But We’re Here to Help.
Your family won’t be the only ones hitting the road to travel to visit loved ones for Christmas and the holidays. The road will be jam-packed, there will be traffic delays, and a greater risk of accidents than at any other time of year.