There’s nothing quite like a road trip. The horizon stretches out ahead, music plays the soundtrack of all the hopes and possibilities that travel offers, and child in the back seat throws an epic fit because they are sick and tired of being in the car. (Wait, scratch that last one.)
As excited as you may be to show your kids all the fun of discovering a new place, it’s just not fun being in a car with a kid who’s miserable. But that’s no reason to be stuck at home! With a little planning and the right accessories, you can enjoy the open road and a happy child, too. Here are some tips to make your next family trip spectacular.
The first step is to make sure everything you need is neatly stored and easy to find. A cluttered environment contributes to stress, so you’re off to a good start when you have your Ts.
This organizer fastens securely next to your child with a seat belt. It not only has pockets to securely store tablets and books, it also has an insulated, waterproof compartment to keep drinks and snacks cool.
A seatback organizer that dispenses tissues and collects trash will keep the car clean.
Next, you’ll want to be sure to have plenty of “diversions” to keep things interesting.
A fun idea for a road trip is to have a collection of bags for your child, each one containing a new book, game, or toy. Every hour they get a new bag. This gives them something to look forward to, and the novelty of something new makes it more interesting than a big collection to choose from. The bags don’t have to contain big things either; something as simple as a small notebook and some stickers can be amusing for longer than you’d think.
For children over seven, dry-erase books with games and puzzles are a fun way to pass the time.
Or play a question answering game as a family that will start conversations to bring you closer together.
For movies, games, and music on tablets or smartphones, a pair of kids’ headphones will keep their ears safe from high decibels, while keeping your ears safe from one more viewing of their latest favorite movie. BuddyPhones are a great example of kid-safe headphones, and they can be shared among as many as four people.
To make sure you have access to all the data you need to keep tablets supplied with entertainment, Nissan WiFi keeps you connected on the go. You can connect as many as five devices to the internet, and it’s available in a wide range of models, including the Rogue, Murano, Pathfinder, and Armada. A rear-seat entertainment system like Tri-Zone Entertainment, available in the 2018 Pathfinder, is another great way for children to enjoy a movie or game. (Hint: Build your Nissan Pathfinder in Birmingham if you’re in need of a fantastic family SUV.)
Keep everyone comfortable to avoid meltdowns: that’s goal numero uno.
A snuggly pillow makes a car seat a good place for a restorative nap.
An assortment of healthy snacks will keep tummies happy while also helping you avoid fast food and sugar crashes.
If you’ve got infants and small babies on board, make sure you can warm their bottles on the go to avoid complicated stops.
For inevitable drips and sticky hands, don’t forget the wet wipes. A small travel pack is easier than hauling around a full-sized box. Even if you haven’t had a kid in diapers for a while, wipes are always a good thing to have on hand.
Family Road Trips Are Easier With The Right SUV
There’s no need to dread road trips with kids. A little preparation will help you make it a happy and peaceful experience. So, get ready, get packed, and go have some fun. The open road awaits!
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