We love a good road trip. Even now that we have many kids, road trips are the best. Over the years we have been on several road trips with our kids. This year is a little different as we now have 4 kids, ages 0-8. We want to make sure that they all have a good time, but we also want to make sure that we see everything that we want to see. Now, did I oversell with this headline, probably – lets just face it, there is no EASY way to do a road trip, but these trips are sure to make it a bit easier on you.
Here are our top advise on how to make a road trip work with a family of 6:
Prepare the kids
We started the talk about our road trip a few weeks before departure. We talked a lot about where we were going, and that we were going to drive for a long time. We stressed the LONG time part. There is no point in not sharing this, especially our big kids really like to know what to expect. It’s not always easy for them to put in into perspective how long xx hours is, so we like to compare to trips they take on a regular basis “It’s like 4 times going to grandma’s house” or something similar.
Make sure you have enough food and drinks.
Going on a road trip is hard enough, but if you have hungry kids in the back its just worse. Somehow our kids are always hungry when we start the car. I always make sure we have enough food and drinks. For drinks we always use our water bottles, that don’t spill. For snacks check out this cheerios necklace for the smaller kids, or this trick to keep snacks in recycled coffee containers. I often bake a batch of our favorite rolls and grab a few for the trip. That is always a hit and keeps the kids full for longer.
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Make sure to take breaks.
Our kids are not used to driving long trips. They get itchy feet after about 1½- 2 hours. This means that we try to plan our trip in batches of 1½ to 2 hours and we find good rest stops with a playground or lots of space to run around. We make sure we burn off some steam before we get back in the car.
Have plenty of stories ready.
On a road trip one tip is to watch movies, and if your kids are good with that go right ahead and load up on movies and show them in the car. Our kids get carsick if they watch a screen in the car. We can however load up on great stories and equipped our big kids with headphones. They are then all set on listening to a story while looking out the window.
Make a playlist for everyone.
Every summer we make a playlist of one favorite track from each family member. That way, we all have one track that we really enjoy, and by the end of the trip everyone knows all tracks. It’s great when the holiday is over and you hear one of those tracks again – it’s a wonderful reminder of a great summer together.
Strings and pliers
One thing that is bound to happen during a road trip – something will drop to where no one can reach it. Especially when you are a large family, with a large car, it’s impossible to reach anything the kids through on the floor. We make sure that the need to keep items have a string attached to it, and we have claw grabbers for everything else.
Have a few activities ready
Its great to have a few no prep activities ready for those times when everyone has had enough. One of our go to games are “Guess the animal” where everyone takes turn describing an animal. You start by describing details about the animal, four legs, stripes, lives in the jungle… You get it.. Whoever guesses the animal gets to think of an animal next.
Do you plan to go on a road trip this summer? If so, what are your best tips for a road trip?
Until next time