Tips for Taking a Road Trip With Kids
Road trips are an increasingly popular way for American families to take a vacation. In fact, a 2019 study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Ford found that 73 percent of Americans would rather travel by car than fly.
It's often cheaper to drive, not to mention easier than navigating chaotic airports, especially when traveling with children.
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Here are several tried and true tips parents swear by to make traveling less stressful and more fun for the whole family!
However, while a long summer trip can be a great bonding experience, a long time locked in a car together definitely has its challenges.
Younger children can get bored and fidgety sitting in long stretches of gloomy landscapes, and eating a diet full of snacks for too long can leave anyone feeling lethargic and irritable.
1. Use mobile apps for planning and entertainment
Having the right apps on hand can make a wonderful "meh" family vacation. For parents, there is DealNews for Coupons and Foodspotting to help you find new restaurants that local guides and "top 10" lists haven't found yet (think: fewer crowds). You can book your stays easily through the free app.
For music, Spotify and YouTube offer thousands of songs and playlists for children.
The backseat crew can keep busy with mobile games like family favorites: Minecraft, Animal Crossing, Super Mario Run, and more. Road trip-specific mobile games include Smule, a karaoke app, Road Trip Bingo, Geo Touch (a fun but educational app focused on geography), and Travel Games for Road Trips, a collection of classic kiddie trips, like Slug. to Bug. and cloud shapes.
2. Play car games offline
People were taking road trips long before the advent of cell phones or iPads, and you can bet that parents were playing in the back seat with variations of the same classic car games that are still played today.
I see I see is a travel staple. The first player says "I see something with my little eye ..." and then gives a hint of something they can see that other players should look for. Another popular pastime is the alphabet game, where players must find objects that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
For cross-country trips, playing the state license plate game is a great way to pass the time and help schoolchildren learn the names of the states. To play, make a list of all 50 states, then have your kids try to locate a car with each state's license plate, like a backseat version of a scavenger hunt.
3. Gather travel tools and toys for kids
While fighting boredom in the back seat can be a big deal when traveling with kids, finding ways to avoid clutter and excessive noise can also be challenging.
Fortunately, there are some car toys and organization gadgets that can make them a little more manageable.
For the little artists on board, the Crayola Color Wonder Art Kit is an easy alternative to standard markers and pencils. Your coloring pages come with special stamps and markers that will only appear on real paper, not on your skin, clothing, or your car.
Travel Bingo boards feature sliding squares for trains, police cars, and airplanes. No stamps or chips are required. There are also Mad Libs and road trip-specific magnetic testers on the market.
In terms of organization, you can get tail bags, trash cans, and collapsible plates from Target to help keep things organized. Otherwise, some turn to use bath caddies for takeout meals or put cupcake liners in the cup holders to keep them clean.
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