How To Survive A road-trip Vacation with Kids

Are you planning to hit the road with your family this summer? Because of the cost savings, road trips are becoming more and more popular. We even took a road trip! We recently took our family on a really long road trip to Rapid City, South Dakota. 

I know what you're thinking S-E-X-Y, but hey, we have two young kids that still need to see the world. We need to take trips across this country so they can see all that's out there. To learn about history and to gain an appreciation for all that we have. That's why we travel in the first place, right?

If you have young children, I'd definitely recommend taking a road trip with them this summer. But before you go, I have some advice. 

#1 - Be prepared. Pack snacks, entertainment, something to wash your hands, and comfy clothes.

#2 - Make it an adventure. We took pictures of all the animals we saw, Wind turbines, and crazy landmarks. Anything to make it special and adventuresome. 

Wind Farms in South Dakota - woo!
South Dakota Bears Love to take Photos....
#3 - Visit all of the places that make your destination special. Do everything you wanted to do so you don't feel like you missed anything.
Where else can you see Wholly Mammoths being excavated?
An "other-worldly" experience at the Cosmos

#4 - Make sure your care is in good repair. We had brake issues and that can be pretty scary in the mountains.

#5 - Use GPS or enable your iPad with an updated google map. Old maps are horrible for navigation.

#6 - Keep EVERYBODY healthy. This means buying and eating real food! It means drinking enough water, keeping your hands clean, and probably packing some probiotics. A few trips to Mexico have reinforced the importance for probiotics for our family! 

Of course there are probiotics for adults, but did you know there are products available for kids? Culturelle comes in chewable tablets and dissolvable drink mixes. It's helpful in supporting your natural defenses and reducing digestive upset. 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract, so take care of it when you are away from home and your eating/drinking/sleeping habits change.

#7 - Kick back and enjoy the ride - you're supposed to be on vacation, so enjoy it!
If you have any comments about traveling with kids or have any destinations to recommend, please leave me a comment. Or if you have questions on travelling to South Dakota or how we survived 12+ hours in the car, feel free to ask. 

I am no vacation expert, but I have survived many trips with young kids.....

*I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.


Anonymous said...

Waaaaaaaaaaaaa! I couldn't imagine taking my kids on a road trip.

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