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How to Stay Sane When Road Tripping with Toddlers
Posted by :GreciaPosted date : September 21, 2018In CarComments Off on How to Stay Sane When Road Tripping with Toddlers
Embarking on a camper road trip with a toddler or toddlers in toe may seem like a daunting proposition. You know how much care must be put into childcare when at home, so how will these tasks translate to the road? You may wonder how to keep a toddler content during those long drives, how to stay sane during crying spells, and how to manage a child under conditions that are not as ideal as home. Fortunately for you, hundreds of travelers take to the road in camper rentals each year with toddlers on board. This means there are abundant tips out there for caring for a toddler on the road, so you will definitely want to follow these when out on your trip.
Keep It Light
Although you may love long road trips, keep in mind that children just don’t have the same patience level and will definitely grow restless if in the camper for too long. This means that the best road trips with children are short ones. But don’t fret, as your children get older their attention spans will grow, so you will eventually be able to take them on longer and longer trips. For the time being, however, you will want to stay with short trips so that your toddler won’t grow restless and turn the trip into a not-so-fun experience.
Keep Playtime On The Schedule
Just because you are out on the road it doesn’t mean that your scheduled daily playtimes should be neglected. As a matter of fact, keeping playtime on the menu will help with keeping your toddler in line on the road. If they get to blow off steam and get some exercise, you child will be much more behaved on the drive since they will be tired and satisfied from their playtime. If you’re traveling with multiple adults, it is always a good idea to take turns getting in the back seat with the children and keeping them company. This stimulation will go a long way toward keeping a child well behaved on the road.
One of the leading causes of toddler grumpiness and tears is hunger, so you can sidestep any unpleasantness by keeping finger foods on hand that can be snacked on throughout the trip and keep your toddler free from hunger and in a good mood. This is why those heading out in camper rentals always keep a large stash of healthy snacks on hand. Snacks also can serve as a distraction on the road. If there is the proposition of yummy snacks on hand, chances are the child may forget all those miles and concentrate on the food, which is certainly good news for the adults on board.
The top priority for traveling with toddlers is to keep them safe. Of course everybody on board for a camper trip should be kept safe, but with toddlers there is an added element of safety that needs to be in place since these travelers are extra vulnerable. Always make sure your camper is up-to-date in terms of maintenance and that you have practiced driving it before setting off. You should always pack a roadside emergency kit with bandages, medicines, a flashlight, and other useful items along for the ride and keep it at a place where you can reach it. Also make sure to follow the adage that every individual in the campervan should be seat belted whenever the campervan is in motion.
Keep The Music On
Music is one of the best tools for keeping toddlers content and entertained during a road trip. The sounds will keep small children entertained and engaged, plus will help the driver since it will help to focus on the road. Singalongs are, of course, a road trip staple, but even if you aren’t joining in harmony it goes without saying that music serves as a distraction and a joy during drives. For this purpose you should definitely keep that radio or playlist cranked for the trip.
Of course the driver will not want to watch, but allowing toddlers to watch movies will help to keep them content on the road. For example, if there is a two hour drive ahead of you and you cue up a two hour movie on an iPad for your toddler, then if you do the math you will see that if all goes well the movie will keep them occupied for the entire trip.
Nobody is going to tell you that traveling in camper rentals with toddlers is easy. Kids are easily excitable and often easily agitated, but fortunately there are many steps to follow in order to keep your kids occupied and happy during those long miles out on the road.
Grecia is the author of tournavationmke.com. She loves to travel around the world and share her experience and knowledge about the travel industry, features about travel trends. Prior to travel writing, Grecia covered Internet and Technology articles and contributing for many other web blogs.