Are We Almost There Yet? Surviving the Family Road Trip

Posted by admin on November 27, 2011
Travel Tips
family road trip

The moment we got everything packed up inside the car and put the kids in their car seats, the Little man popped up the question “Are we almost there, Mommy?” This is always their question every time they’re in the car and husband and I usually answered it with “Yes, we’re almost there….” to avoid arguments and tantrums.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, travel is increasing every year and it is predicted that even more people will be on the road this year. I expected we were not the only ones being in the road during that time. Each one of us have its own outlook with regards to traveling. For some, Traveling with the family perhaps can be a great way to spend quality time together but that is not always applicable to others. Long hours road trip is always a stressful and tiring for my husband but he has no choice because he is the only one who can drive. He even don’t like to travel by plane which is extremely opposite to me.

I guess, one way to survive he family road trip is to keep the children occupied and entertained. But I would not say this will work for your kids or my kids. I have two toddler traveling with us and one of them was all cool during the whole trip as long as he has his favorite toy in hand. However, the little Miss was quiet a complainer. I need different approach for this girl because she don’t like the toy or anything, she just don’t like the car motion. Below is the article I found online that you guys might find interesting and useful for your family road trips.

Increase your chances of a fun, stress-free and safe vacation by following these simple tips:

Beat boredom with child’s play. “Are we there yet?” What is it about these words that go straight to a parent’s spine? Keep kids entertained with some great car games that make getting where you’re going half the fun. Magnetic board games, portable video games and classics such as the license plate game, “I Spy” and the alphabet game will keep energetic kids in good spirits and actively engaged no matter how long the journey.

Stop smart. When stopping at rest stops, make sure it’s just your kids getting back in the car and not the bacteria and germs they pick up in the bathroom. Bring products that keep your family healthy, such as hand sanitizer and Lysol Disinfectant Spray, to kill rest stop germs that can be transferred from the rest room to the surfaces in your car. To prepare for those inevitable spills and “oops” moments, keep paper towels or wet wipes handy.

Eat right. Sure, you can stop at the rest stop for food-along with the thousands of other people on the road. But roadside dining doesn’t always offer the healthiest choices. Instead, keep your family’s bellies full with snacks that you can eat right in the car, such as trail mix, string cheese, fruit roll-ups, bottles of water, and fruit. These easy, convenient snacks are yummy (for them) and healthy (for you).

Keep everyone happy. Pick a destination that has fun activities for all ages. While it’s tempting to head for the place that the kids will love, make sure there’s something for mom, dad and grandma to do as well. Some top family vacation spots that offer something for everyone include Orlando, Fla., Anaheim, Calif., Williamsburg, Va., Hershey, Pa. and Yellowstone National Park.

Family vacations can be chaotic but immensely rewarding. And if you keep these tips in mind, you can help ensure safe and happy travels-at least until you get there.

When stopping at rest stops, make sure it’s just your kids getting back in the car and not germs they pick up in the bathroom.


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