Long drives through Southeast Pennsylvania can be the bane of great trips. Having younger children can amplify how tough a road trip’s traffic, length, or weather might already be. This month at Sussman Auto, we’d like to provide you some helpful tips for traveling with your children that may make the trip both more enjoyable and memorable for everyone.
First things first: consider setting expectations with your children before you even get in the car. Let them know how long the trip will be, when there will be breaks, what weather you’re likely to drive in, and what they’ll have at their disposal to keep their attention. Setting expectations is something so important it’s almost easy to forget, but remembering benefits everyone. This conversation also lets them have a say, and kids love when their opinion counts.
You’ll want to think of specific activities for your children and how long those activities typically entertain them. We’ve come up with a couple built just for you and your little ones, like a drivetime scrapbook kit. Time spent on the road during a journey often seems like a necessary evil, but it doesn’t have to be. With a blank notebook and crayons or markers, you provide your children a chance to illustrate the trip — and create a fun keepsake the family can enjoy years later. The things they see or hear, the way everyone is sitting, or how they’re talking and what about can lead to wonderful stories and memories. Assigning meaning to downtime is a terrific way to occupy it.
Another option for filling car time is Lego: they’re great hands-on toys that let kids build in front of them the things they see in their minds. Bringing them on the road, though, might seem like chaos…that is, until you make a portable Lego kit. All you need is a basic lunch box. Glue one plate to the lid and another across the bottom of the container to prevent the Lego from falling all over the place. This lets everything sit in your child’s lap without any focus splintered on keeping everything together. In turn, that lets you continue focusing on the road.
We know we just talked about a lunch box but didn’t talk at all about food. Don’t worry though; we didn’t forget. We know how hungry the kids can get in the back seat and how low blood sugar can temporarily turn an angel into a monster. It’s easy to load up on chips and cookies because they already come in on-the-go packaging. However, this can be avoided by repurposing a screw box. Skip the dusty one in the garage and get a new one just for traveling. You can use the various compartments to keep healthier snacks, like dried fruit, pretzels, snap peas, or cereal. Processed foods with added sugar only make us want more of the same. Meanwhile, healthier snacks help avoid the sugar spikes by providing more natural, filling, and satisfying options.
Though we’ve covered toys and food, we also want to acknowledge car sickness, which includes dizziness, stomach pain, headaches, and even vomiting. It’s better to anticipate these things than hope you don’t have to deal with them. A car sickness bag and medicine that eases according symptoms can save time and avoid discomfort.
Wherever you’re going through Southeast Pennsylvania this summer, Sussman Auto is glad to help and hopes you have only the best experiences.
Did we miss your family’s road-trip busy-time tradition? Leave us a comment!