Road tripping with the family can be fun, or it can be an anxiety-inducing nightmare. Loading the kids up in the car, where they will be restrained for hours on end, takes a fair amount of planning. Add in the unique needs (and lack of understanding) of a baby, and you’ve got your work cut out for you. Follow these tips for road tripping with a baby to help alleviate stress and make your road trip a positive one.
- Leave early. Most kids function best in the morning, so get going during the hours they tend to be happiest. Leave early enough to miss rush hour, and you’ll save serious (precious) time passing through any big cities.
- Have distractions on hand. Grab some toys that will keep your baby entertained. Age-appropriate toys that they’ve never seen before tend to work best. For your sanity, and the sanity of the rest of the passengers, consider choosing toys that don’t make much noise.
- Pack well. Babies need a lot of Diapers, formula (or milk), clean bottles, an extra set of clothes, wipes, more diapers, more wipes… etc. Make sure you have extra of everything, and make sure it stays accessible.
- Be flexible. Plan to stop regularly for feedings and diaper changes, but prepare to throw that plan out the window. You might need to pull over way ahead of schedule, or you might get a few extra hours out of a sleeping baby. (Did we mention don’t wake the sleeping baby?)
- Plan for an emergency. Don’t get overwhelmed here, but plan to have enough to stop for the night. Also keep jumper cables, water, a blanket, and a cellphone charger in the car.
Check out babble.com for an extensive list of tips for travelling with baby!
Here at Nissan of Silsbee, we want to know what other tips you have for travelling with tiny passengers. Let us know in the comments!