If you are following me on Instagram, you know that we do a lot of driving. This summer alone we have drove to Disneyland (which is about a 5.5 hour drive) 3 times!
Traveling with children is not always easy. In fact, its rarely easy, especially when you are traveling with multiple kids. PawdPet has helped make traveling a little more enjoyable for my toddler.
Are you planning any long drives with your kids any time soon? If so I’ve put together a short list of tips for traveling by car with kids. If there is any interest, I’m happy to put together a more detailed post to help all you mama’s out!
TIPS FOR TRAVELING BY CAR WITH KIDS:
1. Travel at night. This has been our saving grace. The kids sleep most of the way and if needed, my husband and I can take turns driving so the other can get some shut eye.
2. Comfortable clothes. Dress your children in lightweight, comfy clothes. Car seats can get hot, especially if your baby/toddler is still rear facing.
3. Bring LOTS of snacks. I always pack a bag full of healthy snacks that aren’t always easy to find on the road for the kids and also for my husband and I. We do still stop at least once and let the kids pick out something, my husband says that its the fun part of the drive for the kids. Haha!
4. Update your iPod. Mine is currently filled with albums such as the Frozen soundtrack and Taylor Swift. That’s right, my 2 year old is in love with Taylor Swift and I know every song by heart from her latest album. When she gets antsy we throw it on and all sing a long! We also do a lot of our own singing – anything from the ABC’s to the Wheels on the Bus. Have fun with it – your kids are likely to remember having fun on these long car rides instead of being stuck in a car for hours in silence.
5. Have a few movie options ready to go on your iPad or Kindle. I typically save this as a last resort just because I try to limit the screen time for my kids but when they are not having anything else and all hell is breaking loose, its the iPad to the rescue! lol This is where the PawdPet comes in extremely useful because it not only holds the iPad (Kindle or iPhone) safely in the back but it also is a great lap sitter and helps keep the iPad (or other device) level for your child to watch a movie or play games!
6. Go with the flow. This is the most important point. Driving with kids (and especially a baby) requires that you ditch the time schedule and stop when your kids need a break. If they just can’t take it anymore be prepared to stop. Let them get out and stretch their legs, use the restroom… change a diaper. If you are less focused on arriving at a specific time you are less likely to be stressed and more likely to enjoy your time on the road with your family!
Good luck to you all on your next long drive with the kids!