Are We There Yet?
With summer slowly starting to show her face, we all know that this means its nearly family travel season! Road trips can make for unforgettable adventure holidays for your (not so) crazy family and that’s why we’ve come up with some great hints and tips to make sure your mom-xiety doesn’t have to feature on your next family vacay.
Be a Scout, Be Prepared. Yes, I know… easier said than done, especially if you have more than one toddler. Why not pack the night before? Pack your car with everything that can be packed the night before, such as the clothes, toys, blankets, utensils, not perishables etc. This gives you enough time in the morning to get ready, eat your breakfast, and deal with any ‘unforeseen’ mom-I-can’t-find-my-shoe situations.
Safety First. Please ensure that your car has had all the necessary checks to be able to maintain a long journey. Make sure you’ve checked your oil, water and tyres….make sure you have a spare tyre too! Please ensure your car seats are properly installed and in working order. By law , car seats are compulsory for children under 3 years old.
DJ Mom in the house. Make a playlist with all your kids’ favourite songs, theme songs from their favourite shows, sing-a-long songs, even new songs to learn on the trip. Deezer is a good resource, as they are free and also have South African music.
Who’s in Charge? Don’t forget to charge all those electronic devices, power banks and always keep spare batteries nearby. No one wants a flat tablet in the middle of their movies on a road trip!
Comfort is King. Pack their favourite blankets and pillows to make the trip as comfy as possible. Why not invest in a seat belt pillow for those sleepy heads who nap in the car. Comfy shoes are also important. You don’t want your toddler to be moaning about being uncomfortable whilst driving. Let them wear socks while you drive and have their shoes on hand for that pit stop.
The Classics. Just because they have those tablets and cellphones, doesn’t mean they have to be used. Families have been road tripping long before today’s technology, so why not engage with some old school fun, like classic car games? Here’s some classic car games just for your family.
Finally, remember that it’s not only about the destination, but about the journey too. Having happy kids in the back of the car increases your chances of staying focused and safer on the roads. Remember to always buckle up, stick to the speed limit and savour every moment of your holiday. No need for mom-xiety here!
Written by: Monique Williams