Here are some Survival tips for road trips with kids. This may not apply to all children, but it will help most. Always carry enough water, a can opener, a blanket and eating utensils. You should always be prepared.
Make sure that you have the proper food for your family’s size. I would suggest bringing plenty of fruits, like a half loaf of bread and one whole apple. These foods can be stored in the fridge for a day or two if need be. Make sure that you have plenty of water for drinking and cooking as well.
Pack some clean diapers in good condition. Keep extra toilet paper and a hand sanitizer handy. Water is key to keeping them hydrated. Bring along some snacks, crackers or candy bars. They will enjoy some food during the trip.
Most children by this age are ready to go potty. Let them know where they are to go. A trip to the park or a local playground is fine. If they have trouble going outdoors, you might want to talk to their doctor to see what can be done. Some medications cause frequent urination, so you will want to avoid them. Ask your doctor what you should do without.
I always make sure to have a first aid kit with me. This is very important. I don’t carry just any first aid kit, but one designed specifically for children. Look around and see what you can find at a good price. I like to keep several around for different situations.
Always have something for your children to do. It is fun to play hide and seek. They will love going on a trek with you. If you have the space, set up a couple of tents for them to sleep in. If you don’t, you can set up tarp tents for them to sleep under. This way, they will have a more comfortable sleeping arrangement.
If it is warm enough out in the evenings, try to let your children stay out on the deck. This will give them something fun to do. You may even learn something from them by watching how they can cook their own food and save money at the same time.
Another thing that we keep handy is a can opener. I would suggest bringing more than one can opener. I have one for each child. It is a good idea to put some kind of lid on the can when it is empty. The cans are great for packing things because you can seal some of the food so it stays fresh.
The children may hate you but at times you have to do what they ask. If they want to go fishing, you have to take them. You have to be willing to give it a try. You may even find that you will be taking them fishing more often once they get the idea.
You need to keep the kids entertained. There are many activities that you can do together. Some are really simple such as riding bikes or skateboarding. You can also explore different areas in the city. Have the kids get into all kinds of messy situations like painting cans or running around in the neighborhood. This will really get them going.
It is not a good idea to forget about snacks. You may think that children do not need their vitamins anymore but sometimes you need to provide them with a snack. You can leave some of their food at home if it does not need any cooking. However, you should make sure that they know where the food will come from and prepare something special for them. Just remember to pack enough food for everyone.
These are some of the tips that you can follow if you want to survive a road trip with children. Remember that it is not always easy to travel. With a little patience and planning everything should go well.