There is so much to gain while hitting the open road with your family. It is a great bonding time and chance for you to get one-on-one time with your kids. Singing songs together, chatting and playing games – it is a fun experience for sure. I can remember fondly many family trips from my youth and plenty of time spent traveling with my husband and son. I wouldn’t trade those moments for anything in the world.
A family road trip is so different from when I was growing up in the 70s and 80s. The laws about seat belt usage for kids was not enforced, and we freely roamed the vehicle and lounged as we chose. I can remember laying on the floor board of our station wagon and playing between the back two seats with my brother and sisters.
Now, kids are restrained with safety belts – which is a GOOD thing. Since they have to sit in one spot for the long drive; it is good to come prepared.
Maybe your kids would enjoy playing the old fashioned license plate state game – you know see how many different states’ plates you can find. My siblings and I played this one a lot. Or, Hangman is fun. If those are not up their alley, I am sure most of your kids now have handheld game systems that they can easily carry in the car to keep them happy.
Plus, here is another thought I had, this is a good time to teach your kids how to use a map – a real map – not Google maps. It may also be nice for them to help plan the route you take.
There was nothing more exciting for me when I was younger than to head to the library to find new books to read. You have hours to just dive into a good book. One of my favorites were the Nancy Drew books – ahhh…takes me back to a simple time. 🙂
My son has the luxury of a DVD player in front of his seat, and it has entertained him on numerous road trips. He enjoys picking which movies he wants to watch during the ride, and it really passes the time for him.
There is no doubt that there are going to be messes to clean up while you travel with your family and possibly your pets. I love keeping wipes on hand for just that reason. Plus, it is great to have them to wipe sticky fingers too.
Drinks and Snacks:
Last, but certainly not least, pack a cooler with drinks and healthy treats for the trip. Not only will it save time in stopping often, but it is also a great money saving tip. I sometimes like to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, along with fruit. It only takes a few minutes to get ready, and is nice to have handy to grab when you and your family need something to eat.
So, in conclusion, if you make sure to pack accordingly, you and your family can sit back and relax. Enjoy the view, and take time to really enjoy the time spent with your loved ones – these memories will last forever.