As a new parent or at least a parent of a new child, you may be facing the difficulties that come while traveling with a baby. Babies are a joy to be sure, but they demand your attention at every moment. How then do parents go on road trips while keeping their sanity and enjoying the trip?
Following are our tips on how you can travel with a baby and do great at it:
- Rent an RV-Going on a road trip with a young child is made ten times easier when you consider the option of RV rentals. They provide comfort, space, storage, and a place to stay, no matter what. As a parent of a baby, you may already be tired and just imagining a long trip with a baby may have you questioning if it is possible.
An RV will allow you to be able to bring a baby swing, changing pad, and a play pen. While you won’t be using all of these during the driving portion of the trip, they will provide comfort and entertainment for your little one during your breaks.
A comfortable and entertained baby makes for a happy one. It also makes staying in different cities easier, because although you will have to find a place to park, you won’t have to pack and unpack along the way, and as any parent knows, there is always plenty to bring along for baby.
- Pack toys-While this may seem obvious, not every parent thinks to bring a variety of toys, but you will thank your lucky stars when you do. Babies do get bored of toys quickly, especially older ones and after hours and days on the road, they will scream bloody murder if they are bored of the same two toys you thought to bring.
Stock up on all types of toys to be sure that your baby stays cheery for the majority of your road tip. Another item that may help is a few CDs of children’s music, especially for older babies and toddlers.
- Take advantage of sleep time-Babies sleep a lot, especially younger ones. To get the most out of your driving time, plan to make progress during their nap time to ensure that you have “smooth sailing” so to speak. A fussy baby on the open road can be a stressful experience for mom and dad, so nap time helps to avoid these types of scenarios. Granted, baby won’t sleep for more than just a couple of hours, but they’ll be sure to wake up happy and well-rested.
- Bring medicine-Make sure to pack baby medication, in case of emergencies. While hopefully it won’t be needed, if baby comes down with a fever while on the open road or starts teething, you will want to make sure to have these items on hand. Along these lines, be aware of different clinics or hospitals along the way as a precaution. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
- Pack snacks and plenty of them-If your baby is old enough to eat solids or at least blended food, you will want to bring a collection of non-perishable snacks with you to ensure that baby doesn’t get hungry. Having to pull over while making valuable time on your trip to buy snacks is time-consuming and unnecessary, so be sure to think ahead and purchase plenty of tasty yummies in advance.
Traveling with a baby is about being prepared for the unexpected and planning ahead, even more so than when traveling on your own or with your spouse. Road trips with a little are possible, especially when using an RV and can be a lot of fun.