Traveling with children can be challenging if your child isn’t used to sitting buckled in the car for hours on end. Based on experience, these tips should help make that road trip a little easier on your child.
How to make a road trip more comfortable for your child
These sweet, plush toys are more than just cuddle buddies for those long road trips When attached to your child’s seat belt they help keep your child’s head from flopping over when they nap. Seat pets come with zippered compartments that can also hold small toys, tissue or even a child’s water bottle and a few snacks.
Keeping the sun’s glares away will make driving through the day less cumbersome. I recommend using the edge to edge stick on shades and the roll up ones for additional shade. (I still remember the one road trip we forgot to carry the sun shades along and how we draped towels to block the sun out. Groan!)
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A light blanket, a favorite cuddle toy, and small pillow
Having these in the back, for additional comfort, especially during nap time, helps. My son feels cold on road trips while my older and younger daughters don’t. He now knows to make sure he carries a light jacket or a drape-on sheet to keep warm while on the road.
These help keep books, toys and puzzles in one place, at convenient reach. Dependent on whether your child is traveling solo in the back or with another sibling, between the seat storage holders are also helpful.
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A key component to a successful road trip remains making sure you’re not stringent on sticking to a strict schedule. Allow deviances from the plan. Stop to stretch out, bathroom breaks or even some play time at a local park. Children should remember the road trip as one that was filled with fun.
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