You can survive a family road trip.
Maybe you are going on vacation or visiting family out of state or both. After all, road trips are part of making summer memories! But are you worried that it will be miles and miles of sheer chaos? Recently, a friend with a preschooler asked how I handled road trips when my kids were younger. I thought you might be interested in the answer too. Since both my family and the kids’ dad’s family lived over 600 miles away when they were growing up, I have a fair amount of experience in this area.
Survive a Family Road Trip by Starting at the Right Time
One of the best ways to have harmony in the car is to encourage sleep. Start the trip in the early afternoon. If the children are still regularly taking naps, start the trip about nap time. Yes, they will be a little crabby, but sleep will soon follow. If they are not nappers, early afternoon is still the best time to start a long car trip. You drive for a few hours and then get out and play hard. A two-story play land, a park, or an elementary school playground are all great choices. The more climbing, the better. Then have something to eat. This is a good time for carbs. With any luck, the young ones will fall asleep and you will have a long stretch of peace and quiet. [Read More…] about How to Survive 20 Hours in a Car with Children