Those with children often cringe at the thought of traveling, especially a long car ride, with their kids in tow. Have no fear because we're sharing a few essentials for road trips with kids!
A Good Attitude
You're about to embark on a road trip with your kids. You're going to need a good attitude! If you get lost along the way, the kids have a tantrum, or you wind up with car trouble, try not to stress out about it.
If you're going into the road trip with a negative mind, no one is going to have a good time. Try to relax and enjoy!
Snacks are absolutely essential when traveling! I can't take a road trip without plenty of snacks, so I know we need even more than that for the kids!
I love using a tackle box to store each kid's snacks. As much as I would like them to share, when they're in their car seats in the back seat, sharing evenly is just not going to happen.
I can give each kid their own tackle box full of snacks just for them! Some of our favorites to include are dried fruits, nuts, marshmallows, small candies, and fruit snacks.
Most kids these days know how to work a phone or tablet. Of course, we always have our phones on us and often use them to entertain the kids. I am so excited to share my new secret with you! The Amazon Underground app for Android smartphones includes enhanced features and access to content that isn’t available on the Amazon Shopping app found on Google Play! These additional features include Amazon Video and 100% free apps and games!
I don't know about you, but my kids have bought their fair share of things while in-app before. That's not a problem with The Amazon Underground app! You don't have to worry about the kids buying extras because these apps and games are actually free, including unlimited lives, levels, and upgrades!
Now you can watch your favorite movies and TV shows from Amazon Video on your Android phone as well as enjoy 100% free apps and games only from Amazon Underground! The boys have been watching a lot of Phineas & Ferb lately, so I was pretty excited to see a free app with Perry in it!
Download the Amazon Underground app from your Android smartphone HERE
Reading this on a laptop? Go HERE and follow the on-screen instructions.
LEGO building is pretty much Charlie's favorite thing to do. He retreats to his room and builds for hours. That's not a super car-friendly thing to do though, so we had to come up with something that would allow him to build while on the road.
While it's a simple hack, it's totally worth it! Using an empty wipes container, I glued a small LEGO board to the bottom of the inside. Charlie can now store his LEGO bricks in a sandwich bag inside of the wipes container and build on the bottom.
Time for Pit-Stops
As much as I would like to just get where I'm going, there is no such thing as a non-stop trip with kids. It doesn’t matter how short of a trip you’re going on, kids aren’t able to sit for hours on end without stopping. It’s important that you give your kids a few opportunities to get out, use the restroom and stretch their legs a little when traveling. An easy way to incorporate pit-stops in your travel plans is to stop at normal meal times. Stopping to eat usually gives kids at least 30 minutes outside of the vehicle, which will do wonders for them! If you happen to pass a park, maybe stop and let the kids run out their energy for a bit. That may mean a nice nap once you return to the car.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.