Halloween is now a holiday of the past. Well, for another year at least! Now we shift gears and focus on the holidays to come; Christmas and Thanksgiving (if you reside in the United States).
The season of travel is in the air! Sure it may be a festive and fun time, but it can also be stressful to the parents of young children. However, if you arm yourself with the right tools you can make those lengthy road trips much less stressful.
My family has done their share of travelling over the years. Over the course of the next 2 months we will be travelling back and forth every weekend to visit family, attend concerts and other events. We’re busy, but more so over the holidays.
So how do we manage to stay sane travelling with four young children?
Just follow my 4 tips to survive lengthy road trips with young kids:
Arm Yourself with a Portable DVD Player. If your vehicle has a portable DVD player, you are in luck. If not, it is worth the investment to look into getting one. My children don’t often watch television, but in the car they have the delight of watching any of their favourite movies. Their more recent fave being Peppa Pig: Sun, Sea & Snow.
It’s always perfect weather for Peppa Pigs’s amusing adventures and her loud snorts of laughter. Not even snow, rain, or fog can stop the wintry fun! Join Peppa, her little brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig as they enjoy a most unusual trip to the seaside, a super ski day, muddy puddle-jumping and more. The whole family can cuddle up together to enjoy all 12 fun-filled ‘Peppasodes’!
My kids quite honestly could live and breathe all things Peppa Pig right now, so if your child is the same pick up a copy of this movie to keep in your car for those road trips. Any family favourite will do though!
Pack a Busy Bag. Hit up the dollar store in the days prior to your road trip and purchase odds and ends that will be new to your child. You don’t need to purchase anything too expensive. Dinky cars, books, colouring books, puzzles and other small toys will do.
Pack Snacks. With boredom comes hunger, and nothing is worse than dealing with a hungry child. Be sure to arm yourself with many healthy snacks for the road trip.
Play in Car Games. Games like: I Spy, Hangman, “I’m Going on a Picnic”, 20 Questions or the License Plate Games are always sure fire hits with young children. In car games are a great way to not only keep the kids entertained, but also the parents too!
Planning a family road trip really isn’t as stressful as it seems in the big picture! Just arm yourself with the right tools to limit the whining, and you will see that you will have a ton of fun in the car as a family with barely having to spend a pretty penny to do so.
Disclosure: I received a copy of Peppa Pig: Sun, Sea and Snow for review purposes. All opinions are those of my own.