Travelling With Kids This Summer?
Even though gas prices have most of us ready to stay home, summer is near, and that means it’s time to get out of the house. When you’re planning to head to the highway with little ones, you’ll need to take the time to prepare before you go. Today, Holiday Home Lets shares a few valuable tips on how to road trip like a pro when your passengers are preschool-aged or younger.
On The Go With Babies
Let’s start with the youngest possible members of your family: infants. If you’re a new parent, the idea of strapping your little one in for a long journey away from home is intimidating. But, it doesn’t have to be. According to the Traveling Mom blog, your best bet is to get acquainted with how to change diapers on the road, what to pack, how to pack your diaper bag, and when your little one is least likely to have a temper tantrum en route.
Yes, there will be stress on the trip, but you can use these tips to alleviate as much anxiety as possible. This includes minimizing the stress that comes with returning home by organizing and cleaning home before you leave so that all you have to do is unpack. Knowing that you’ll be coming back to a decluttered and organized home will allow you to enjoy your time away with the kiddos that much more!
Where To Take Toddlers And Older (Road Trip!)
Once you’ve got a couple of years under your seatbelt, it’s time to strap in with your walkers and talkers. At this point, you already know what you need to do, but where should you go? Two cities that top our list for kids are Los Angeles and Nashville.
The Hollywood Sign, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica Pier are the obvious choices when visiting Los Angeles. However, for the sports fans in your crew, no visit to the City of Angels would be complete without having an opportunity to catch a game at Dodger Stadium. Before you go, check pricing and seating arrangements from a ticket seller that offers 360-degree, and interactive charts. This will help you avoid getting a bad seat and having a cranky kid that can’t see. Pick your day wisely, and you might even snag a discounted admission.
Is that music we hear? If you’ve trekked to Nashville, the answer is yes. Music City might be a haul from California, but it’s not only the Bachelorette Capital, it’s also super kid-friendly. Grab a burger and milkshake from The Pharmacy and then head into downtown to Cumberland Park, which features wet and dry play areas. Don’t leave this fast-growing city without taking a tour of Gibson Guitars, Lane Motor Museum, and The Hermitage.
Safe Trip Tips
No matter what age your travelers, your top priorities are safety and convenience. Along this vein of thought, great tips include:
- RightSure advises making sure your vehicle is road-ready. You can follow your own checklist, or better yet make a trip to your mechanic shop for a tire rotation, oil change, and preventative maintenance visit. This will help you identify any problems that might stop you in your tracks. If your car has more problems than you care (or can afford to) fix or isn’t road-ready, consider renting a car or buying a fully-serviced used vehicle.
- Travel smarter. For your comfort, make sure that you pack plenty of snacks and bottled water. If you have a baby, you’ll want to have a cooler with bottles already made. Make sure that you have a mirror in place so that you can see your little one without turning around, and, if your vehicle is equipped with a built-in GPS, download the newest maps so it’s up to date, and you aren’t frustrated by a wrong turn halfway to your destination.
Summer travel is one of the greatest gifts you can give your children. Whether you choose to stay in California or head days away from home, road trips are also an excellent time to bond. The few quick tips listed above can help you get to and from your destination safely, conveniently, and have the most possible fun along the way.
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