It’s finally going to be school holidays soon and your children are ecstatic. You’ve taken leave between all the public holidays and you can’t wait to get away with the family for a while. And, of course, there’s no better way to do that than to go on a roadtrip.
You have a destination in mind. You’ve booked accommodation. And you’ve mapped out a scenic route you can’t wait to drive. But you’re not fully prepared. Not yet, any way. You’re roadtripping with children and that means you need to pack a lot more than just clothing and a spare tyre. The good news is that you don’t have to go out hunting among the many pre owned cars on the market. You have a comfortable, reliable car that’ll get you safely to your destination.
Here are five essentials to always have in your vehicle when you’re travelling with kids.
Little ones tend to get hungry at the most inconvenient time. For example, when you’re on a long stretch of road in the middle of nowhere without a shop in sight, they’ll decide they need food as soon as possible. And every parent knows that a hungry child is not a happy child. Which is why you should have a bag full of snacks in the car with you. Just be sure to conceal the bag because if they know the treats are there, they’ll be begging for them every five minutes.
Games, toys and books
You have to keep the little ones entertained. As you know, they become bored easily and that means they’ll be asking, “Are we there yet?” every few minutes, even though you’re hours from your destination. If you want the tiniest bit of relaxation on this trip, you’re going to need to ensure the children are entertained. But you can’t just have one game or toy for them to play with. They’ll need variety.
You will want the kids to take a nap at some point. That’s for certain. You don’t want to arrive at your destination with a grumpy, tantrum-throwing child following you around. So, you have to ensure they sleep at some point. While sing-along songs are great for keeping them smiling, they won’t go to sleep if they’re listening to their favourite cartoon character’s latest hits. So bring some calming music along to help them ease into sleepy time.
Blankets and pillows
Sitting in the same seat for a long journey can be uncomfortable. Especially if your child wants to take a nap. So you should always have at least one pillow per child for the trip. And, of course, blankets are a must. It may be a little cold in the backseat and you don’t want to have to turn on the heater to keep the kids happy.
Wet wipes and sanitiser
Kids get messy. You’ve experienced it time and time again. You know they can turn the easiest snack into a disaster and you know that nothing is safe from grubby little hands. So always make sure you have wet wipes to get rid of any grime or sticky hands. And sanitiser is good to have in case they grab something gross when you stop at a petrol station.