7 Tips For A Low-Stress Family Roadtrip
Are you about to embark on a family road trip? If so, congratulations! Road trips can be a lot of fun, and they offer a great opportunity for families to spend time together. However, if you're like most people, you probably have some concerns about how to make the trip as low-stress as possible. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to prepare and make your journey more enjoyable. In this post, we'll share seven tips for having a stress-free family roadtrip. Keep reading for helpful advice!
1 | Segment the Drive – FUN STOPS!
You can't really expect more than 3-4 hours of happy road tripping with toddler age kids, so plan accordingly! Find a few places to stop along the way and let them get out there - we've done splash pads, parks (even indoors), children's museums or playscapes. Any funstop off is always big hit in our caravan :)
2 | Be Flexible
When roadtripping with young kids, the best plan of action might just be to go with what feels right and not force anything. If your child needs a potty break or is losing their mind over an iPad that’s dead—parking themselves in front seats until they recover enough energy so as not disrupt everyone else's travel experience any more than necessary- this could definitely work!
3 | Summer 3DLITE+ as your Compact Stroller
Road trips are tough without a stroller. We made one of our segment stops at an aquarium and missed out on bringing along the umbrella foldable one we usually use because it was too big for our 2 yo son who sleeps through most things now, but that meant dealing with an uncomfortable fixed position during those hours in line (and waking him up). Enter - Strollin', which takes up less space than other types; you can also adjust its height depending upon how old your child might be!
4 | Enjoy the Journey
You don’t have to try and cram everything into one day. If you need more time, then stay the night somewhere else! It doesn't matter if once-upon a lifetime ago when all you had was yourself plus your Red Bull & Snoop Dog on blast - that's not going be enough anymore so plan accordingly for littles or just enjoy traveling with kids in general by knowing it'll look differently than what we're used too (but still good!)
5 | Organized Activities & Snacks
Try to keep your family organized by packing snacks, kids activities (we LOVE these reusable sticker books for travel and absolutely fell in love with "paint by sticker" book this past trip), small prizes for rewarding good behavior. I typically put myself in charge of deciding when we will head out so that everyone has an opportunity get ready first!
I make sure everything is packed up nicely before arranging the car ahead of time - then give each item its own space on our way home
6 | Encourage Rest Times
If you're driving a full day, find some times that are designated rest periods for the kids. Turn off music or other entertainment in favor of white noise (elevator broadcasts work well), put away electronics so as not to distract from nap time sleeping habits and give everyone an opportunity to take long walks around landmarks along this journey together! I usually offer my older child who is tired enough either selecting what they want watch on their iPad during these breaks if he/she isn't napping already
7 | Snacks
We usually stock up on snacks before we leave and arrange them in a box that I can reach, so when the kids get hungry during car rides or after games they have something healthy to eat. We don't put limits on what our children eat at home but it's especially important for us not too as parents want their kids cooperate with us while traveling!
I hope you enjoyed reading this article about how we maintain good nutrition habits even while traveling light - let me know your thoughts below :)
8| Organic sleep drops with Melatonin
A road trip can be a fun way for the whole family to spend time together and explore new places, but it can also be stressful if you’re not prepared. By following these seven tips, you can make your road trip a low-stress experience that everyone will enjoy. And don’t forget to pack Calmamama organic sleep drops with Melatonin – they’ll help keep everyone well rested and relaxed during the journey. Have you tried out any of these tips on your next family road trip? Let us know in the comments!