Make Your Road Trip Family Friendly: 7 Step Guide

7 Tips for Traveling with Kids

Guest Blogger, Jonathon 

Whether you’re hitting the road or soaring in the not-so-cordial skies, the probable hassles are plentiful. Regrettably, we can’t bring gas prices down, promise you extra space on the airplane, or make your finicky, bored child suddenly fascinated by the scenery. But we can equip you with funky ideas, survival tactics, and practical guidance to lend a hand in your planning to make your tour half the fun.

These ideas will work for kids of all ages- some are apparently better-suited to juveniles or bigger kids, so pick what works best for you and your itinerant companions.

Here are seven boredom-ousting family-friendly road trip ideas that cover everything from what to observe, local eats and where to crash!

1. Packing strategy

Don’t just stow every item, pack everything but in small quantity for uncomplicated access on the road so you wouldn’t have to excavate around in baggage. Don’t forget to keep mosquito repellents – in a paper bag in the car’s cabin. If you’re going to a temperate climate, keep swimsuits and towels in a beach bag – you never know when you might trip up on an enormous swimming hole.

2.  Choose your music shrewdly

Great music and road trips go so well together also making the hours go by much more rapidly. Choose music that everyone can enjoy. Perhaps select a soundtrack from a dearly-loved movie or some catching retro tunes.

A car with a steady sound system helps too.

3.  Prepare for pit stops

Regardless of how well prepared you are or how keen on getting to your destination well before bed time, you’ll have to halt along the way. The exquisiteness of a road trip is you can pull over anytime and get out wherever you fancy.

If it’s a family tour that involves traveling with toddlers and younger kids, try to avoid driving for longer durations in one stretch. Expecting kids to sit immobile for much longer is pretty unworkable.

4.  Pack lots of snacks

Keep abundant of beverages and snacks on hand. Foodstuff that can survive traveling well includes bagels, pretzels, granola bars, and cereal. Bring an insulated container for string cheese, tubes of yogurt, and other prone to decay provisions.

Expert’s Tip: Nuts and dried fruit and spill proof, sippy cups for smaller kids. Fresh fruit and juice cans can cause the mess.

5. Entertainment

Keep your children entertained with activities such as songs, stories, and jokes. Toddlers are crazy about sticky label books. If older kids are accompanying you, try audio books, stories or they too can be kept entertained with games. You can get travel adaptations of many that are all the rage, from Battleship to Scrabble. Be sure to choose the versions for car trips which have pieces that slide or attach by magnets. A travel journal can keep kids busy and capture memories of your family trip. Give each child a notebook and washable crayons or markers.

6.  Play some movies

Talking about keeping kids entertained and not watching movies while journeying, something’s definitely off! Use an iPad or moveable DVD player if you don’t have en suite screens in the car.

7.  Make them giggle

Lay your hands on a few manuscripts of jokes and consent to children taking turns telling them. Chuckle along with the kids on a few punch lines!

Here our valuable suggestions come to a stop. In the end, we only hope that you travel safely and soundly with your kids, as, safety is above all.

Happy traveling!!!

Author Bio:

Jonathon is an IT expert and a researcher. He is obsessed with cars and all the digital accessories. He regularly posts at www.sakerracing.com

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Tips For Creating The Best Family Picnic

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Guest Blogger, Nancy Shaw

Dig out the picnic basket and air the blanket, summer is arriving. What good method to take benefit of the warm climate and enjoy certain family time than with a picnic. Identify the methods to create it fun and stress free for all of the members in the family with these tips.

Make your research and settle on a picnic instead of driving your vehicle without any focus and believing to get lucky.

Weather
People know that British climate can be unexpected, therefore confirm the forecast on the day of the picnic prior moving to the place. Nothing worse than completing packing up the vehicle simply when the sky clouds over.

Pack of most of the choice. This is especially necessary if you have received a fussy eater. Take plenty of various types of food items to match all of your family members likes. Cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, scotch eggs, rice cakes and dips are best and fuss free notions you can combine and match.

As vacation tour tend to happen at lunch time when the sun is at the hottest, so it is essential to slather the tots in different sun cream to guard the skin.

Blankets
Keep the picnic in a shady area, out of the straight sun light. Think about games which you can play as a family. You can also try simple ball games that are best ideas and bound to fully exhaust you all.

Try to take story books and read in the shade. If you have two small baby in your picnic, it is good to bring tandem strollers. You can place the lightweight one in the tandem strollers safely while moving.

Unless you are thinking on going to a real picnic spot with outdoor seating, keep in mind to take blankets to sit on. If you baby’s an ace at doing mess, look for a wipe clean number.

Games
With all of the games, food, blankets, and baby necessities, it is simple to overboard with packaging for a summer vacation. But you want to be able to take it, especially if you are having a car and get small kids hands to hold.

Consider taking only what you can be able to handle and limit your children to one toy. If your small one is still getting an afternoon nap, plan the travel to add this.

If you are satisfied and happy, settle the infant for a snooze in the tree shade on the blanket for his sleep.

Along with drinks and food, keep in mind to pack everything which your kid will require like wipes, nappies and other handy necessities such as plasters, insect repellent and hand sanitizer.

Basics
If there is any plan on being out all day, it is an excellent notion to consider a sunhat for every of the kids and a jumper also. It is essential not to forget the basics.

Instead of being experienced with the potential of cleaning up, taking yogurt flavored sandwiches and squashed strawberries, pack all of the items in individual sealed boxes and cool bags.

If the summer vacation does not go to a plan, plan for a indoor carpet picnic when it rains. Create the picnic a highly magical occasion for the wide eyed small ones and make a theme on the outing.

A toy like teddy bear picnic would be good to pull off. Bring the kids teddy bears to participate the party, get different honey flavored dishes and read the book.

Food
Plan having two individual coolers, one with beverages and another with perishable goods. Open the cooler with perishable products if you want to take to place the food fresh.

Keep the sandwiches in separate baggies or keep layers of wax paper in the middle of every layer to avoid them from drying out or sticking. Keep other snacks in BPA free boxes.

Rather than lugging along excess cups, think bringing beverages in light weight bottles. Your children and teens will love the fruit juice drinks with delicious flavors.

Picnics are a best method to create fun memories with the children. There is certain thing special on sitting on a blanket when nibbling on a sandwich which makes you in peaceful, vacation mode. Planning the ideal picnic can be fun if you make the family involved.

nancyAuthor Bio: Nancy Shaw is the founder of HiFiveBaby where she writes about common problems encountered by parents and how to deal with them, motherhood in general and FAQs about babies, toddlers and kids. She provides scientific and medical basis and also her personal experience as a mom to a wonderful toddler. Now you can explore the joy of parenthood with ease! You can also find her on Twitter.

 

5 Tried-and-True Tactics for Keeping Your Kids On-Schedule During Summer Break

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Guest Blogger, Sean Morris

Summer vacation is glorious for kids. They look forward to three months of freedom, the ability to sleep in (if they’re lucky), later bedtimes, and no schedules to follow or homework to keep up with. But for parents, summer vacation can be the stuff of nightmares. From keeping your kids in check to getting them to maintain some semblance of a schedule, managing the summer months is easier said than done.

1. Involve your kids in creating their routine and choosing summer activities.

The idea of sticking to a regular schedule during summer vacation probably doesn’t sound all that appealing to your kids. However, if you get them involved in the process and ask them what activities they’d like to participate in this summer, it gives them a sense of ownership over their own schedule – so they’ll be more open to the idea.

2. Keep a regular bedtime routine.

While your children may see summer vacation as their opportunity to stay up until the wee hours of the morning, keeping a regular bedtime routine is one of the most important things you can do to keep your kids in check this summer.

Lack of sleep can lead to mood swings, irritability, impulsive behavior, and other undesirable effects. Plus, straying too far from your usual bedtime routine can make it even harder to transition back to school in the fall.

3. Limit cell phone use and screen time.

With no commitments like homework, summer can become a free-for-all in terms of screen time. If your kids have cell phones, smartphones, or tablets, these devices become their connection to staying in touch with their friends they’re used to seeing all day, every day. Obviously, this can quickly become problematic.

Additionally, research has shown consistently that people who check messages and notifications before bed or use their devices in bed get a poorer quality of sleep than those who avoid screen time in their bedrooms, so limiting screen time before bed is key. Plus, they could end up using their phones late into the night — a habit which can quickly lead to sleep deprivation.

4. Create a (relaxed) schedule that’s relatively easy for your kids to follow on their own, with minimal intervention and oversight from you.

Of course, this depends on your the age of your kids and how independent they are. If they’re at an age and responsibility level where they’re able to be “in charge” of their day under your guidance, you are helping create structure while strengthening the level of trust in your parent-child relationship.

5. Aim for scheduled chaos.

You don’t want to take all the fun out of summer vacation, but too-rigid schedules and over-stimulation with too many planned activities can do just that. Aim to create a well-balanced mix of structured activities, family time, and free time during which your kids can choose how they’ll spend their time (this might be a nice time for watching TV or playing on the iPad/tablet).

Rather than feel overwhelmed heading from one structured activity, camp, or play date to the next, make balance your goal for the summer. Do what is best for you and your clan by scheduling a healthy mix of educational activities to keep their minds sharp, free time they can spend alone to decompress, and enriching fun with family and friends. Hopefully this is the ticket to not only a successful, stress-free summer vacation, but also an easy transition back to school in a few months.

About the Author:

Sean Morris is a former social worker turned stay-at-home dad. He knows what it’s like to juggle family and career. He did it for years until deciding to become a stay-at-home dad after the birth of his son. Though he loved his career in social work, he has found this additional time with his kids to be the most rewarding experience of his life. He began writing for LearnFit.org to share his experiences and to help guide anyone struggling to find the best path for their life, career, and/or family.