Taking a road trip with the kids can be a lot of fun. It’s an affordable way to travel and you can see so much more when you take a trip on the road instead of flying. It’s not something you necessarily want to do when you have an infant, but taking school aged kids on a long road trip is a viable travel option. All it takes is a little planning. Here are some of my tips for taking a long road trip with children.
- Make the planning a family affair. Everyone can choose a restaurant or sight to see along the way.
- Pack healthy snacks in serving size zipper bags or containers for each child. Avoid sugar filled snacks or you will have hyper kids on your hands.
- Play fun car games like travel bingo, road sign alphabet and I spy.
- Give each child a journal to write or draw their experiences on the trip.Make pit stops to take care of the drivers too. When you’re fueling up, stop in at Shell’s Java Café – convenient, fresh and quality coffee that’s perfect for parents on a long road trip. With a variety of flavours and condiments available, Java Café can be customized to meet every customer’s unique preferences. In addition, September 15 through to November 9, you can earn five bonus AIR MILES reward miles with every Shell Java Café purchase.
- Pick up some magnetic board games for the trip.
- Crayons and pencil crayons are always appreciated. Pack some blank paper and colouring books too!
- Reading is a great way to pass time. Make sure you pack books that are appropriate for all age groups.
- Take advantage of electronics! There’s a place for everything, and at the eleventh hour you may need a little peace and quiet. Break out the headphones and let them have some screen time.
- Give the kids their own maps to follow along on the trip.
- Let the kids work on their photography skills by giving them cameras to use. It’s fun to see what they decide to photograph.
- Don’t forget to collect air miles when you stop at Shell. Your road trip can end up earning you rewards.
You can also save yourself some gas money by winning another amazing Shell giveaway! One of my lucky readers will win some high-quality coffee and fuel with the Fuel up with Shell Java prize pack:
- 24 Shell Java coupons (good for 12oz coffees)
- $150 Shell gift card