In the last two years, I’ve driven more almost 10,000 miles on road trips with my kids. Most of those without my husband along for the ride. You might think I’m crazy, but I really love being on the road. Not only is it usually much more affordable than flying my whole family around, but we make such great memories along the way! And after all that time the car, of course I have discovered some secrets to making the whole experience enjoyable for everyone. With the Holidays approaching, and lots of travel for families ahead, I’ve partnered with Capital One to share some tips to keep your road trips with young kids positive and fun.
1. Be Excited
This may seem obvious, but it is number one for a reason. Without a happy, positive, excited attitude about your road trip, none of the other tips I can offer will help. My kids were four-years-old, two-years-old, and six-months-old when we took our first big road trip (a 4500 mile loop from Texas, through New Mexico, Nevada, to Northern California, down the coast to Southern California, then Arizona on the way back to Texas! Whew!) At those young ages, the kids know to be happy if mom’s happy, and mad if mom’s mad. Our modeling of attitude and behavior on road trips–and well, all the time– makes a bigger difference than any.
We prepped for the trip by printing out a map, showing the littles where we’d be going. We talked about it with only positive words, saying “You’re going to love watching movies, getting snacks at the gas station, and sleeping in hotels!” (More about those in the tips below.) They only knew to be absolutely thrilled that they’d be spending 5-10 hours a day in the car for three weeks! Read More