Taking long road trips has become more the norm these days than the exception. As families continue to dig themselves out of the financial woes created by the recession, day trips and vacations at destinations reachable by car have become more popular. However, mom and dad often find that after an hour or so, the kids can get a little rammy in the backseat. Here are a few tips to keep them entertained so you are not pulling your hair out by the time you get to your destination.
1. Bring Games or Arts and Crafts Supplies – basically, let the kids bring their favorite games or crafts on the trip for the ride. As long as there is no danger of them being hurt by playing with these items in a moving vehicle, it is fair game. However, keep in mind space will be limited, so you want the items that will keep their attention for the longest period of time.
2. Music – this may take a concession on the parts of the parents, but it will be well worth it. If your car has the ability to have different music in the front and rear, let the kids bring whatever they want and set them up with headphones. Otherwise, you will have to choose music that everyone can live with during the trip. Bring music everyone likes and can sing along with to help pass the time.
3. Food – if the trip is a long one, the kids are going to need to eat. Unless you want to hear them whining about how hungry they are, bring some light and healthy snacks they can enjoy until you make an actual restaurant stop or reach your destination.
4. Plan Breaks – Dad, get out the roadmap and figure out where you will be able to take rest stops for both meals and breaks. Let everyone get out of the car, go to the bathroom, and stretch their legs for a few minutes. This will also give the kids a chance to run some of that energy off that has been pent up inside as the hours pass. Pack a ball and glove or a football so they can play catch for a few minutes, anything that will let them burn off some energy before they get back into the car.