A Mom’s Survival Guide for Holiday Road Trips
By Domonique Powell
While navigating to and from home, extra-curricular activities and other obligations that fit into your lifestyle each day can also allow you to have a more enjoyable road trip. However, you need to be prepared for unexpected stops and emergencies along the way. The following are tips and advice on how to survive holiday traffic with your children in mind.
Goodies and Snacks
Whether you’re carting your children across town or across country, plan your trip appropriately. Time is typically of the essence for busy parents and making the most out of your trips can allow you to relax and actually bond with your children along the way. While you’re making your specific trips, you want to be organized and prepared for unexpected traffic stops and other emergencies with goodies and snacks. Foods such as peanut butter and crackers, hummus, vegetables, juice boxes, string cheese, yogurt and trail mix can keep your child satiated. It can also allow them to keep busy during the unexpected stops that are stressed and anxiety ridden.
There are 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 cellphone 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.
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. I
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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