Four Ways to Make A Road Trip with Kids Fun
I really thought of titling this post 4 Ways to Make A Road Trip with Kids Bearable but that wouldn't be the poster Mom of me, huh? Fun -- Bearable, Tomato--Tomahtoe, it's all the same, right?! My family and I went on a two week road trip out west a month or so ago, making great memories that we will surely cherish for a lifetime and become a family tradition. I think it should be a tradition for all families who can as well, If it's something you are considering, allow me to share Four Ways to Make A Road Trip with Kids Fun.
STAY CHARGED & READY!
Let's face it, children especially Generation Z live, breathe, eat, and sleep electronics. I know you want to be on the first line of the battlefield against electronics but if you want to make a long road trip bearable, let the kids use electronics and keep them charged.
We made sure that we had two power packs, a charger per child (they will fight over chargers), IPADS, and even DVD players charged and ready. We stayed sane and the trip was so pleasurable because we didn't worry about them being plugged in. Before we left Memphis, we stopped by Walgreens for a few Redbox movies that would at least hold us until we arrived in Oklahoma City. Win for the parents!!! They watched a couple of movies, napped, listened to music and watched their phones without asking "Are we there yet?"
SLOW DOWN & STOP FOR PICS!!!
Our road trip was carefully planned out, thanks to our travel agent (me!) Two weeks traveling by car and a driving time of 23 hours until our first destination, we needed to be strategic in our plans. We stopped in Amarillo, TX the first night, next was Albuquerque, NM until we arrived in Las Vegas for 2 nights then Los Angeles for 3 days. All in all, we were traveling through 7 states. It was perfect because we weren't in a rush and could slow down and take pictures. It's not often that kids get an opportunity to see such a drastic variation in landscape. We took advantage of it!
SHOW THEM THE WORLD IS AN OPEN TEXTBOOK
Kids spend the majority of the year in school learning subject matters like geography yet many of them don't get the chance to see what they learn about in real life. If there is anything I'm passionate about as a parent, it's showing my children the world. Allowing travel and culture to be their teacher is one of the most important learning tools, in my opinion. They were so moved and excited to visit The Hoover Dam and perform the awesome physics experiment in real life. Fun Fact: Don't know if you know but water pours up instead of down due to gravity. How cool is it that they can go back to school and share with their friends that experienced hands-on learning at the Hoover Dam. When planning a vacation, try to make sure you can visit landmarks or attractions that the kids are learning about in school. It will make the trip that much more fun for you and them.
KNOW THAT IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU!
Man, it was a hard pillow to swallow but road trips with kids are not about adults. If making the trip fun for kids is your ultimate goal, plan activities like swimming and amusement parks. You will save yourself the stress and mental anguish. Hotel pools, amusement parks like Universal Studios, and beaches are kids dream places. It's fun for them, no matter what.
Do you have any tips for traveling with children on road trips? I'd love to hear.