Road trips with kids can be fun and very, very challenging. They are a necessary evil at times to get to your final, more fun, destination. Each age group presents different challenges, none really being dramatically easier than the other (well, so far that I have observed!) They do gain the ability to entertain themselves for longer periods of time as they get bigger (thanks Minecraft!) which is GREAT, but it still doesn’t mean these truths won’t happen. They will. Maybe when you have teenagers, they will just sleep the whole way there?? That would be nice 🙂
No matter what age your kids are, there are certain “truths” about road trips with kids. Here are 10 things that will most likely happen to you when traveling with kids.
1. Your trip will feel X times longer than it really is. (X being the number of kids you have traveling with you.)
2. No matter how many thoughtfully planned snacks you bring for your kids, someone will want the ONE thing you didn’t bring; and probably throw a fit because so.
3. Someone will always have to go potty in an inconvenient place. Think: the middle of the desert. Or in a scary place.
4. You will hear “are we there yet?” at a minimum 3,000 times during the trip.
5. Someone will be “bored” during the first 30 minutes. Probably your 8 year old.
6. The DVD you chose for the kids will most likely skip during the best part.
7. Someone will drop their snack on your newly vacuumed floors and most likely step on it. It will also probably be a bag of goldfish.
8. Someone will drop their favorite toy/stuffed animal/book in that small crack between the seat and the wall/door and they won’t be able to get it on their own. Fits will ensue.
9. You will need to take at least one dose of ibuprofen due to the backache you received from twisting and turning around so.many.times. every.three.seconds.
10. No matter how bad, tiring or long the trip there was; the way home will be much, much worse. Or, if you had a lovely trip there, expect the opposite for the way home.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind traveling with my kiddies, kinda like I don’t mind going to the dentist. It just has to be done.
What are your road trip “truths” when you travel with your kids?