When travelling with kids it can be a stressful experience. The hectic nature of such trips has caused some parents to cut short their vacation and return home. They choose to go back home because the trip became more hectic than enjoyable. If you did not know, a road trip with kids is not always enjoyable. Kids get tired, fidgety and they can start fights in the back seat. Despite kids being loved with people, they can be little terrors. There are tips available that will enable you have an enjoyable time while travelling with kids and still have your sanity intact. For starters, you can distract them with a map. It is good to give the kids a map so that they can trace a finger to the destination of your journey.
Besides keeping them occupied, the kids will be able to know when the arrival time is most likely. The kids can learn about the different states and cities while they are using the map. Planning for the breaks is important. This is important because the kids have lots of energy pent- up when they are left to seat in the back the entire time. For the kids to release excess energy, stop and gas stations and lookout for play areas where they can play and release excess energy. This will get them tired and they will probably be quiet when they get back in the car.
The other advantage of pulling up at a gas station is you may get free gas that will keep the cost of the trip low. You can take advantage of the free coupons or discounted food that you may get at the gas stations. If exercise is not the best option you can also teach them a calm breathing routine so that they do not act restless. Bringing food and entertainment is another good idea.
Carry books or audio books along for the road trip. For the older kids, you should consider carrying iPads for them to play with. Carry DVDs for watching if you your car seats are embedded with TV sets. For a single child carry some games like checkers with magnetic boards to keep them occupied. If you do not want the kids to be hyperactive, do not get them very sugary snacks even though they are great to be carried for the trip.
For a long trip, pack lunch for the family or make those gas stations stops so that you also refuel yourselves.