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7 Tips For A Fun And Safe Road Trip With Kids

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One of the major changes that motherhood brings along is that all our impulsive travel plans change to a more scheduled and organized one. Isn’t it?

I remember our first road trip with kids involved great amount of planning and preparation on our part. From their safety to entertainment- we had to think about all the aspects. We had a huge checklist to follow and even though we were fully done with our packing a day in advance, we were still immensely nervous before hitting the road. We finally did manage to have a fun and successful road trip and that became our motivation to plan a second one soon.

Today I will be sharing with you some tips that worked for us. In case you are planning for a road trip with kids, you can refer to these to have a safe and hassle-free travel.

7 Tips For A Fun And Safe Road Trip With Kids

1Plan It Well

Proper planning is the key. Prepping for the trip in advance can help in more ways than one. You get sufficient time to arrange for all that you need for the travel. Try and schedule the time of the travel as per your child’s nap time. We chose to leave early in the morning hours when the kids were sleepy and the traffic on the road was bare minimum. That ways we could get some peaceful and uninterrupted drive time.

2. Invest In A Car Seat
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Long road trips without a car seat is just not a wise idea. Car seats ensure both comfort and safety of the child. Before embarking on your journey make sure that the car seat is properly installed as per the instruction manual. Not all cars are car-seat friendly and so it’s important to get a car seat check done. You can refer to to understand the installation system based on your car model. Their certified expert technicians can help you understand the car’s Latch System and its ability to accommodate different types of car seats.

3. Safety Awareness

For a smooth sailing, ensure your car is in proper working order. Check the condition of the tyres, belts, battery, etc. If the car servicing is due, make sure to get it done before your trip. Carry all the emergency equipments like jumper cable, tools to change the tyre, flash lights etc. Also ensure that the child safety locks on the door are well activated.

4. Stop Regularly

Riding in the car for hours on end can be tiring and boring- both for you and the kids. Make sure you take timely breaks. Study the route of your destination carefully and know about the recommended pit stops. We specifically asked recommendations from friends of all the restaurants and locations that were child friendly.

5. Arrange For Kid’s Entertainment

You surely don’t want to mess up your drive with a cranky child. So keep him happy by engaging him in his favourite activity. Be it books or toys or games- keep everything handy. We downloaded some audio rhymes and stories that helped us to keep our kids entertained.

6. Snacks On Board

Pack plenty of drinks and snacks with you. Again keep them according to your child’s taste and liking. We carried homemade finger food, dry fruits, bananas, etc that were easy munching option. For younger kids you can keep powdered cereals that can be easily fed by mixing in some water. Also keep some disposable paper plates, spoons, bowls, tissues etc. Ensure that your child’s sippy cups/bottles are spillproof.

7. Pack Strategically

Categorize all the necessary items that you need during the travel and keep them handy in separate small bags. You can make one bag for snacks and drinks, one for extra pair of clothes, covering sheets, bibs, hat, first aid kit, essential medicines, etc. If you use diaper for your child then you can make a separate bag that just includes extra diapers, wipes, toiletries, disposable bags, etc.

Road trip with kids may sound a bit daunting but is actually great fun. A little pre-trip planning can go a long way in making your journey easy and memorable. The thumb rule for any travel is to ensure the comfort of the child. A comfortable and happy child would surely mean a peaceful and successful road trip.

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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Absolutely in tune with your blog., we just returned from a road trip and i think a car seat is something we cant do without. Ensuring snacks and entertainment is another important aspect for us

  2. I am so glad to have found a website which helps with car seat thanks for sharing .. Car seat is a must and our trips are fun because safety is ensured

  3. Yep, Gotta, gotta have that car seat! And all the snacks! And the entertainment! I swear, the back seat is just a sea of toys, crayons, and goldfish crackers!

  4. makeamomsmile

    We are taking a 12 hour road trip next month. I am def not looking forward to it with two kids but I am def going to keep your tips in mind! Thanks for sharing

  5. Melani Rayen

    Phewww..These are such useful tips which i have to keep in mind the next time i am having a road trip ! I liked the snack part and the entertainment part as it would definitely keep them engrossed for some time !

  6. So well documented an article and thank you for sharing tips on safety . Car servicing and having a car seat is a must. Planning can take care of the rest.

  7. Sanaa Brooks

    These are great tips! I haven’t even learned to drive yet but I’m dying to go on a road trip! My daughter loves car rides, so this would work great for us!

    ~ Sanaa

  8. Deepa

    Great pointers for moms. These will be helpful while traveling with kids.

  9. Neha Jain

    These are some handy tips for parents for a hassle-free road trip with kids. Planning it well in advance and regular stops are very important.

  10. Thanks for sharing such wonderful tips, I can vouch for the car seat, while going out it’s a must for us. Will keep in mind the other tips shared by you.

  11. Ophira Bhastekar

    I agree with all points. I too carry my son’s favorite toys for long car journey’s it helps keep him entertained. Car seats are very important and unfortunately in India we dont talk about car seat safety very much. So its great that you touched upon this in the post.

  12. Motheropedia

    I’ve never taken my kids on a road trip without a car-seat. My older one needs a new booster seat. I’m going to check out this site soon.

  13. a road trip with kids.. now that is something I havent risked yet. But I shall surely keep these tips in mind when I do 🙂

  14. Shipra Trivedi

    Very helpful post. I focus on snacks and in keeping my son entertained. And this worked all the times we travelled in last three years.

  15. Monica Stephens

    I love your tip about packing strategically! I’m always just so worried about making sure we have everything that i never really thought about making sure what we need first is accessible. Thanks for sharing!

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