Sure, the new house is going to be wonderful…if you ever get there! Now that Atmosphere Movers is handling the hard work, you are left to enjoy the ride. After all, life is about the journey and not the destination, right?
There are certain ways to make long drives with young children more enjoyable.
With that in mind, it is critical that you are prepared for hitting the road with kids. There are obviously differences between traveling with babies and toddlers and traveling with older kids, so we will touch on the important considerations for all age groups.
1) You are a parent, so follow your instincts. If the baby is bottle fed, and you are facing a substantial drive, do the math. Figure out how many bottles need to be prepared, or how much formula you will need to mix to make it through.
2) Pack diapers and wipes. It may seem obvious–especially considering most parents won’t drive the local 7-11 without back-up diapers–but you need to keep your head in the game during an overwhelming move.
3) Back-up outfits. All parents know how many outfits, onesies, and bibs a baby can go through. Be sure to bring plenty, especially on long drives.
4) Drinks for mommy! Nursing mothers must stay hydrated.
Toddlers & Preschoolers
1) Let them sleep. Hopefully they will sleep for the first few hours. But there are no guarantees. Try to time the ride with their nap time, so at least you get a few hours of downtime.
2) Snacks. Toddlers need snacks. Most of them lack the understanding to properly eat a full meal, and they lose patience. This leaves their growing bodies hungry. Bring plenty of snacks.
3) Games and toys are essential. They will get bored. If you are a television supporter, let them watch a few videos on your smart phone. You won’t regret it.
4) Stop for a break. It is critical that they get some energy out. If they are freaking out during the trip, find a rest area and let them burn off some energy. With any luck, they might nap again to make the rest of the ride easier for all.
Above all, enjoy the ride, because it’s up to you to make it positive for the little ones!