Taking a road trip with kids can be a cost-effective way to get from A to B, but it can also be a nightmare on wheels if you don’t play your cards right. Long drives can make youngsters understandably antsy, and if they’re cranky, everyone’s cranky. The trick is to plan ahead for all sorts of contingencies, and not be in such a rush to get where you’re going. Make plenty of pit stops to let the little ones let off some steam or you’ll be fueling a miles-long whine-fest. Here are 11 tips for taking a road trip with kids while maintaining your sanity.
1. Lean on a DVD Player
If your vehicle doesn’t have a DVD player, you might want to invest in a portable one before a long road trip with children. You can bring along a few family friendly movies that will keep the kids content as you drive the miles. Road trips are definitely one of those times where the screen makes for a convenient babysitter. Sure, they’ll be zombies missing the view, but it’ll help prevent some backseat bickering.