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“Guide: Road trip with children”
Road trips are often an essential part of individual trips – whether directly from home on self-arrival, or on site to cover the long distances of a large region. Travelling by car has the advantage of being able to decide for yourself where to go and when breaks are made. You travel more slowly, but also more intensively. In addition, you can have as much luggage and equipment as you want, or fit in the trunk…
As you know, both play an important role in travelling with children, and the (own) car offers some comfort in contrast to a stressful air journey or inflexible cruise. Driving with children can also be really exhausting – for the little ones and the parents. Boredom, sibling strife, unfulfilled urge to move, hunger, thirst and so much more lead from a dream holiday with the whole family quickly into stress.
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That’s why here are my 17 top tips for a relaxing road trip with children:
The more you know in advance about the upcoming route, the easier it is to plan the course of the trip and to be able to react in case of emergency.
1) Travel relatively short distances – preferably not to spend more than 3 hours at a time in the car.
2) Allow enough time for breaks. To go to the toilet. To represent the legs. In order to finally no longer have to sit still. Even 10 minutes of catching games can work wonders.
3) If it has tobe a longer distance, longer break stationsshould be researched in advance. Either an attraction near the itinerary, or a short walk at a scenic spot. An hour of exercise is often enough to endure another few hours in the car.
4) The same applies to petrol stations and rest areas – include them in the itinerary and combine them with stops.
5) For long distances, do the ride in the best possible way at bedtime.
For longer trips with your own car, a packing list helps. The car should be loaded the day before the trip, so that it can start in the morning. If you arrive by plane and then take over a rental car, you should not leave the civilization of the city behind immediately, but should plan a day to be able to supplement the packing list in case of emergency.
6) Pack enough drinks and keep them at hand. In order not to have to take toilet breaks all the time, however, one should drink in a controlled manner. Use leak-proof bottles or cups!
7) Snacking in the car is a good distraction and saves time. Suitable snacks include sandwiches, sliced vegetables, salt bars, cereal bars, apple clefts or nuts.
8) Certain foods are natural helpers for nausea,such as peppermint drops, ginger ale, salty crackers or chewing gum.
9) In case of emergency, plastic bags should be at hand… especially when it comes to winding pass roads through the Himalayas (or smaller mountains)!
10) To make it really comfortable at the back of the back seat, a few cuddly pillows and blanketshelp.
11) Useful things – depending on the itinerary, the jacket and cap, sunscreen or bathing suits – are best stored separately from the rest of the luggage and at hand.
“On the road” is nothing worse for children than boredom. And for parents nothing worse than bored children. The following ideas can help.
12) If you don’t have to focus on driving yourself, you can tell stories – perhaps even with reference to the itinerary or to travel itself?
13) Otherwise, access audiobooks or DVDs (and a portable DVD player). These, too, may well fit the theme of the trip.
14) Many popular games,such as people don’t annoy you, are also available as travel versions with magnetic characters. No parts are lost.
15) But other car games are also fun. For example, who sees 5 red cars first?
16) A separate map with information about the itinerary conveys to children where it is going and prevents the question “Are we already there?”
17) Larger children get a lot more from their surroundings, of course. With a camera, a video camera or a tape recorder, they can document the journey from their point of view.
A road trip with children takes more preparation than just getting in the car and driving off, but it’s far from an impossibility. This Itinerary to Bhutan my team has developed especially for family trips – there it goes quite relaxed through the Himalayas, with own driver. However, we also Road trips through Patagonia, Peru, Bolivia or Tanzania ready, which we like to adapt for families! Did you feel like it?