Road trips are a great way to get out and see the world. There is so much to see and experience within driving distance of your own house but road trips can also have a few negative side effects (a few we are way to familiar with). So how can you prepare for these little hiccups without totally ruining your trip?
Well, when it comes to kids and road trip traveling there are two things that I can think of that could go totally wrong.
- Car sickness. This is one we have experienced far too many times.
- First off if you know your child has a sensitive stomach make sure that they eat at least 45 minutes before you head out on the road. This give them enough time to digest their food and hopefully reduces the risk of you all seeing it again.
- Second, avoid snacks if possible. I know with small children this isn’t always possible especially when your road trip is multiple hours so if a snack is a necessity then plan it into your trip and stop at a park, nature area or rest stop so you can enjoy a snack, move your body and hopefully again prevent any stomach upset. Also stick to foods that are light and easy to digest such as bananas, apples and crackers.
- Third, prepare the carseat with a piddle pad just incase sickness can’t be prevented. This will help in the cleaning process later (psst best to have a back up just in case).
- Fourth, TOWELS! Yes, make sure you have towels and a trash bag to do a quick clean up.
- Fifth (and totally optional), have essential oils such as lavender, digestive blend, or ginger on hand. These are incredibly helpful in reducing feelings of nausea. You can breath in from the bottle, apply to the bottoms of your feet (I recommend diluting with fractionated coconut oil) or pick up a car diffuser.
- Potty Break or Baby Blowouts.
- Bring a portable potty. This is great for when your little ones need to use the bathroom but there just isn’t anywhere to stop. You can pullover put in one of the potty bags, they can do their thing and you are back on the road without any accidents.
- Blowouts and babies seem to just go together so have a little station prepared so when a blow out occurs you are prepared. Make sure you have diapers, wipes, an extra outfit (or two), and little trash bags to make the process super smooth. I am thinking that we might need one of these caddy‘s for our upcoming summer travel – if you have tired it let me know in the comments below.
What are your prepare for the worst travel tips?
Have you ever had an ‘oh no’, ‘ugh, gross’ or ‘why me?’ travel situation? How did you deal?
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