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December 7, 2017

Are we there yet?

This broken record was often heard during my childhood. 10 more minutes! If your kids are impatient or bored, which is often the case during long road trips, there are many tricks that you could try in order to help pass the time.

Prepare them!

It’s a good idea to inform your kids about what’s going to happen and let them know where you are going and how long it should take you to get there. Let them ask questions as it is likely that they may have a few insecurities, which can easily be addressed. Take advantage of this discussion to share information, as well as your expectations concerning their behaviors. It’s also recommended to explain to them all the wonderful discoveries that await them along the way.

Safety first!

Before leaving, make sure that each child is properly equipped with the required baby seat, according to size and weight and that they are seated securely. The same thing should apply to those traveling with their pets. Find a suitable cage for your pet and avoid leaving them out of the cage when you are driving.

We tend to want to use every inch of free space in our vehicles to place our bags.  Avoid piling up things near the back window, as a sudden stop could have them fall on your kids. It will also obscure your view from the back window.

Plan ahead!

Be sure to take small 15-minute breaks every 2 hours in order to stretch your legs. If the kids are sleeping, delay the breaks until they wake up. Try to keep a rhythm that will reassure them and keep them entertained. Playing games, singing songs, scheduling quiet time, taking naps and providing snacks are always clutch.

During the summer, avoid taking the road during the hottest part of the day. Leave at an earlier time and let the kids wear their pyjamas as it will be more comfortable for them. Plus, if you’re lucky, they just might go back to sleep.

Keep comfy clothes in arm’s reach as well as extra snacks, drinks, diapers, baby wipes, toys and covers. The covers will be very helpful if you tend to use the air conditioning. Use plastic cups to serve the snacks, this will give the kids possibility to put it aside and limit messes.

Keep in mind that certain kids are more susceptible to have road fever or nausea, so speak to your pharmacist and consider bringing a small medicine kit and keeping it nearby.