Spring break is here for many kids or just around the corner. Time off from daily routine is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with the kids. No homework and no after school activities make this a perfect time to plan a little something fun. If you find yourself taking a long road trip during Spring break this year, we’ve got a few handy tips to help you and your kids survive the ride.
Snacks: You have to be careful on what you choose to take along on the ride. Choose foods that won’t make the kids queasy but will fill them up between stops. Healthy foods like bananas, grapes and carrots are a good choice to have on hand. For something a little more hearty, try bagels, cereal bars and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Of course, you have to keep in mind the mess factor. No one wants to sit on mushed banana or sticky jelly so choose foods that your kids can handle that won’t create a fuss.
Drinks: Sugary drinks and juices will encourage pit stops more frequently and soda is just not good for kids in general. You can’t go wrong with good ol’ water. If your kids pallets require a little more taste, try flavored water like Fruit 2-o. Throw a few in the freezer the day before and they’ll do double duty by keeping your cooler cold without ice packs.
Travel Seating: Hook your kids up with a spot that is comfortable for them. Supply them with a small pillow and don’t forget their special blanket or stuffed toy. Also, let them choose a few things to pack that will keep them content during the ride. Use a small pop up cube or 1-gallon ziploc bag if space is tight to fill with odds ends like a special book, a kids magazine, an activity book or a small toy. Kids love to draw so bring along a clip board with plain paper and colored pencils (crayons which can melt and leave you with a big mess if you’re not careful).
Tune in tomorrow for more travel tips to help make your travel time with kids a little smoother.
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