5 Tips to Make Your First Road Trip with a Baby Go Smoothly.

Road trips are the best way to spend your holiday since they offer more adventure at a low cost. However, the long hours of being cooped up can make babies cranky and uncomfortable. Here are a few tips to make your holiday with your young ones go as smoothly as possible:

Safety First

It’s important to follow all the safety precautions before and during the trip. For starters, prepare to fix a flat by packing a spare tire, car jack, and tire iron. Ensure the vehicle is up to date with any scheduled maintenance, including oil changes. If you plan on renting a car, read up on it here to ensure all safety precautions are taken. Also, pack a roadside emergency kit, which should include plenty of water, first aid kit, and a flashlight. Then, ensure your baby is properly strapped into a car seat at all times. Last but not least, always pull over to well-lit areas.

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Pack the Car Wisely

You have to pack wisely for the road trip when travelling with babies. You’ll require things for the road and others for when you get to your destination. Those that won’t be used until the end of the trip should go in the back of the trunk. However, stop over items such as diaper bag, an extra blanket, ibuprofen, snacks, toys for entertainment, and wipes should be within easy reach.

Make Sure Your Gas Tank is Full and Windshield Fluid is Topped up before You Leave

Starting your road trip with a full gas tank avoids filling up too often, which can be a real drain on your fuel economy. You also need to exercise caution as you don’t know where the next gas station will be, plus gas is usually more expensive on the road. Road trips involve long drives through different environments, which can mean a dirty car. You need to top up the windshield fluid, which ensures the windshield is clean at all times. After all, you need to see where you are going despite the weather.

Consider Road Conditions

Since road trips involve travelling by car, it’s important to plan your route beforehand by mapping out your entire trip. If you get caught in some bad weather like a storm, consider stopping for safety purposes and to avoid getting the baby irritated. An unhappy baby can be a huge distraction, considering you need to be fully alert on the road. Keep in mind that bad weather can turn a shorter route into a long, dangerous road.

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Take Frequent Breaks along the Way

You may be able to go for long hours strapped down but babies can’t. They’ll need time to stretch, eat, go to the bathroom, change sweaty clothes, and even change diapers.

Plan for stops before living home and make a checklist of things to do during every stop to avoid unnecessary stops, and so you don’t forget anything. Use apps such as Roadtrippers to help you schedule stops in interesting parks, restaurants, or malls situated along the way. This allows you to use every stopping opportunity to have more adventure.

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