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How to Avoid Being Driven Mad on Your Driving Holiday

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Everyone who has ever had kids knows how challenging the job of a mom can be. As a mom, you’re on call 24/7 and you have to take on more roles than you ever thought possible. After all your hard work it’s nice to get away and have a family vacation where you can relax and put your feet up! If the cost of flights is too steep for your expanding nest or you can’t afford all inclusive since the ‘credit crunch’, maybe you are considering driving to your dream destination? Driving holidays with kids aren’t as crazy as they sound and with the right planning, can be a pleasurable experience for everyone.

Before You Go – Check Your Car is Roadworthy!

Your car may drive perfectly all year and look and sound great but you never know when something could go wrong and it would be typical for a breakdown to happen while you are on the way to your vacation. There’s nothing worse than bored, frustrated and disappointed children waiting for a tow company to arrive. Make sure your car has a full service before you embark on your journey, as you should before setting off on any long road trip. You should also make sure that your vehicle insurance is fully up-to-date. Always carry these documents with you in case you need breakdown assistance during your trip. Many car insurance policies include a hire car if your vehicle breaks down or needs urgent attention, a vital service if you don’t want to miss a chunk of your vacation waiting around for repairs.

Pick a Route with Plenty of Restroom Stops

Pick a route that has plenty of restroom stops along the way, especially if you have toddlers or young children who may only give you minutes of warning before they need to go. Some children refuse to go in the bushes as it’s too far out of their comfort zone. You could also store a potty in the trunk of your car in just in case you can’t get to a rest stop in time. Have one or two sets of clothing for each baby and toddler and keep them separate from your luggage so you can easily access them. They will be invaluable if your children have any ‘accidents’ or diaper leaks.

Start Your Vacation as Soon as You Leave Home

Time your ferry crossing so that you have enough leisure time to visit places on the way to the ferry port, for instance, theme parks, zoos, forests or picnic grounds. This will break up the monotony of the journey and give your kids the space to stretch their legs and burn off excess energy, which should make the trip more bearable for you too. If they get worn out or the motion of the car makes them sleepy, don’t forget to bring baby travel sleeping bags, comforters and neck cushions so that they can sleep comfortably in your vehicle, and don’t forget their favorite toy! Continue reading