Road trip the right way
With the school holidays as well as the long weekend coming up in April we know the kids are looking forward to some time off and, possibly, time away with the family.
This, however, becomes somewhat of a daunting task for you as the parents who have to plan, prepare and parent any upcoming trips. So, we have for your convenience compiled a to-do list and some useful tips for the next time you and the family hit the road.
First things first, safety checks. This is probably the most daunting and dire task but the one that will ease your mind the most. Cover all the bases by checking all tyres including the spare, water, oil, jack and tools, triangle and make sure that you have a torch and any emergency numbers such as insurance or towing companies with which you subscribe.
Also important are travel rules, make sure in the vehicle know, understand and adhere to the “always wear your seat belt”, “no kids sit in the front seat” and “no throwing anything out the window” rules.
Travelling with a baby
The travel list for an infant alone is a mile long, so we recommend a stroll through Me, Mom and Dad at Greenstone Shopping Centre for any and all baby equipment required to make your trip an easy-peasy one.
Working around your child’s routine (nap and feeding times) when travelling will also ease the experience.
Keep the peace
Fighting siblings in a confined space… we all know this one! One trick sure to avoid any anguish is individual travel packs. Putting the kids in control of their own meals, snacks earphones, entertainment, pillows and blankets (for that one person who always gets cold and wants the aircon turned off).
Keep them entertained
One of the best ways to keep the kids entertained while on the road are with tablets and cell phones loaded with games and data. Greenstone’s MTN and Vodacom DataCall Cellular, 4U and Chatz and Cell C should be your first call for any technological and related needs, such as earphones – a crucial item.
Don’t feel too bad, as a parent, sticking your kids in front of an electronic device – rather reserve this for the transit and restrict use of these devices at your destination.
There are some things, which when forgotten, make us cry out in annoyance, but who has time for that when you have your hands full with a carload of kids?
So, check our list while you make a stop at Greenstone Shopping Centre to get your bottle of water, wet wipes, sun block (yes, you can sun burn in a car), sun glasses, lip-ice, good music, a charger, a power bank, and of course a camera to capture the moments.
Last but not least, never forget to let the driver do what they are there to do – drive. A focused drive is a favour to everyone.