Another long drive of nearly 1,100 kilometers which we have in the previous two years completed a couple of times, is over now. So I think we are pretty pros on how to handle long trips with children. If you have worries from long car rides with your kids, read my tips on how to handle them.
1. The excitement
Furthermore – due to the fact that we set out on our ride in the middle of the night – they are excited about not going to sleep in pajamas, as usual, but half dressed in clothes in which they will travel (so T-shirt and sweatpants). So the enthusiasm (and importantly, a sense of adventure) our children really don´t miss.
2. The packing
When packing I emphasize that I always keep on hand extra change of clothes (for spills or “pee-accidents”). So not clumped at the bottom of the largest suitcase underneath the other suitcases, but somewhere on the top.
What also proved is a car seat organizer, where I always keep tissues, wet wipes and other small items that children might need during the ride.
Food packing deserves its own chapter:
3. The food
On our rides, various sandwiches (sweet with marmalade and also ham/cheese/eggs sandwiches) proved well, we pack also some biscuits or crackers, fruit purees in pouches. It’s also important to have enough beverages. For adults coffee in thermal mugs, for children tea in a flask and bottles of water.
If your baby drinks formula, pack bottles and premeasured powdered formula (we use this Tescoma canister*) and a warm water in a flask.
When your baby’s ready to eat and you give him/her baby food, I recommend food warmer (we have this one).
4. The Breaks
Due to your safety stop at regular intervals not only to take your meal but also to stretch your legs or just breathe some fresh air to recharge.
5. The entertainment
Another option is to play with toys, talk about the way we’re currently driving, watch passing cars and choose the most interesting. Games are another great way to keep older kids entertained. I think there are a lot of ways how to beat the boredom without the conveniences of modern technologies.
This is what works for us. Traveling with kids can be stressful and many unexpected things can happen. But it can also be a great experience and a source of family stories 🙂
And what are your experiences of traveling with children? What works for you? Share with others in the comments bellow!
*) This is not a sponsored post, but I wouldn´t be angry if it were 😉