A Mom’s Survival Guide for Holiday Road Trips
By Domonique Powell
Holidays are often the time we head out on a family road trip. You need to be prepared for unexpected stops and emergencies along the way, especially at Thanksgiving time.
The following are tips and advice on how to survive holiday traffic when traveling with kids.
Road Trip Goodies and Snacks
Whether you’re carting your children across town or across the country, plan your trip appropriately. Time management is essential for busy parents. Making the most of your trip by allowing yourself time to relax and actually bond with your children. See the kids happy and well nourished with healthy goodies and snacks.
No Fuss Snacks:
- peanut butter and crackers,
- juice boxes,
- string cheese,
- trail mix
Cell-free Zones – Let’s Talk to Each Other
Many states have laws in place to protect individuals on the roadway from distracted driving. If you’re traveling back and forth with precious cargo in the vehicle such as your children, you’ll want to ditch the cell phone until you’ve arrived at your destination. If you need to make a call or an emergency arises, you need to pull over to a safe location and deal with the situation accordingly.
Books, Music, and Movies
Depending on your style and type of vehicle that you may be driving in, you may have an assortment of things for your child to do when out and about. Audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs are excellent ways to keep your children entertained and out of trouble during the trip. To ensure no arguments or fights break out, you can have your children agree on the types of material that they would like to bring.
Podcast Michelle LaRowe, America’s Nanny – How to Avoid Holiday Kid Meltdowns
It is advisable to take along a GPS or atlas in case of unexpected road conditions. You may need to seek an alternate route to get around sticky situations such as road blockages and closings, however, be especially careful if you’re traveling at night.
It is a good investment to join some type of emergency roadside assistance program in case of an accident or breakdown. One would hate to be stuck in the middle of a strange area with no one to call. With no assistance, even a flat tire can be a scary event. Always keep an emergency preparation kit in your automobile. It should include a warm blanket, a flashlight, a basic tool kit, and water.
Time is precious and no one wants to spend more free moments than they have to on the road. By preparing for unforeseen emergencies and stocking your tote bag and vehicle with the necessary equipment, you can enjoy a relaxing and stress-free adventure with your children.
Domonique Powell is a single mother who understands the value of emergency preparation.