Traveling on Memorial Day weekend can be stressful, and children can make the experience even more difficult during a road trip. There are several travel tips to keep the kids entertained while reducing the stress on parents, and there are ways to make the road trips feel less boring without going to extremes.
Plan Ahead and Let the Kids Join
Planning ahead is the first step to having a successful road trip on Memorial Day weekend, and children should not be excluded from the process. Depending on their age, they can help pick out the snacks, toys and games they want to take with them during the trip. They can also help select comfortable clothes and shoes that will make sitting in the car less annoying.
Go Beyond Snacks and Entertainment
Most parents have learned that snacks and entertainment are essential for road trips with kids, but it is important to consider your own unique family needs while packing. If your family loves music, then having a singing competition in the car may be one way to keep children happy during the ride. You may also want to consider packing a surprise bag of toys or games they have not seen before to keep them busy because psychologists recommend new experiences.
Schedule Stops and Scenic Routes
Although it is not always possible to stick to a schedule during Memorial Day weekend, parents who can plan their stops will have more cooperative children. In addition, it may be a good idea to have some scenic routes on the trip and tell the kids about them ahead of time. They can look forward to the next stop that may include the world’s largest ball of string or tallest tree, and they can record their findings in travel journals.
Do Not Forget the First Aid Kit
Many car trips have been ruined by someone getting sick or hurt, so a complete first aid kit is essential. The kit should have the basics of band-aids, gauze, ointments, antihistamines and prescriptions. However, it is also important to consider if other items need to be added based on the road trip for Memorial Day weekend. Can your first aid kit handle a bee sting or eye irritation? The kit may need to be adjusted to include items specific to your family’s needs and health issues.