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How to have a stress-free family road trip

How to have a stress-free family road trip

How to have a stress-free family road trip

Planning on taking a family road trip on your next vacation? Don’t want it to be chaotic?

I feel you. Being in a far for hours with kids can be a challenge. But no matter where you’re headed, you can make the trip easier and more enjoyable by planning ahead and taking breaks.

Make Sure To Pack kid-friendly Healthy Snacks

You never know what types of sugar-loaded, unhealthy snacks will be available at whatever gas station or 7/11 you pass on your trip. And it may take hours until you hit up a decent restaurant. In order to ensure the kids are eating well while you’re traveling, make sure to pack healthy snacks they love. Whether it’s carrot sticks and hummus or organic granola bars, have a bag filled with healthy options in the back seat ( right by the kiddos) so they can munch whenever you’re hungry. If you’re overseas and aren’t sure where you can get healthy snacks, iHerb is a great place to get organic chocolate, gluten-free cookies, almond butter, and pretzels. They ship pretty much anywhere too!

Pack Lots of Games

The inevitable ‘I’m bored’ is sure to creep in at some point, maybe even a few minutes into the trip…if you’re not prepared!

Have your kids pack their favorite toys & games that will help them stay entertained, and keep the bag within reach so they access them easily. Even if you’re a low-media family, you’ll probably want to give in on a long trip and let your child use your phone or ipad. Minecraft is our daughter’s favorite game, as well as the Toca Boca series. And if you’re homeschooling/unschooling or just looking to help your child learn to read, apps like Homer and Hooked on Phonics are fun and affordable investments that they’ll love!

Take Breaks Often

While you may have a time frame you need to stay within to get to your destination, it’s still important to take breaks, which will make the road trip more enjoyable for everyone. Plus, you need bathroom breaks and to eat, right?

If you’re going on a family road trip in an area you’re familiar with ( or can easily research/google) plan ahead of time where there will be gas stations, restaurants with healthy options, cafes, and sights to check out.

This can be a lot harder to do if you are say taking a road trip in Thailand and you’ve never been here before, but even if you haven’t you can ask the hotel you’re staying at if they have driven to wherever you’re going and if there are any sights/stops they recommend. There are actually loads of gas stations and rest stops on all the main high-ways here, if you are planning on driving in Thailand. And thankfully, our 7/11s have decent frozen Thai dishes, if you’re driving late at night and need a quick bite to eat.

Make sure to take loads of family travel photos when you do take breaks, even if they’re short.

Diffuse Essential Oils

Whenever we travel, we always take essential oils with us. They are seriously so versatile, especially oils like lavender and tea tree. You can purchase a cheap diffuser for your car, and choose a relaxing oil to help the kids ( and adults) stay calm.

Get Your Kids Excited About The Trip

We’ve always tried to use our travels as a teaching opportunity for our daughter, even when she was a toddler. By talking about why we’re taking a trip or going somewhere ( even if it wasn’t a vacation per se) this got her excited. Whether we were driving to get my ID card in South Korea or through Tuscany, we told her about the fun we’d have on the way.

Point out different attractions you see our your window, or come up with a game to spot a certain type of car, bird, etc

No matter where you’re taking your family road trip, you can make it an enjoyable, stress-free experience by being prepared ahead of time!

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4 Things Your Kids Will Need In Their Summer Holiday Suitcase

4 Things Your Kids Will Need In Their Summer Holiday Suitcase

4 Things Your Kids Will Need In Their Summer Holiday Suitcase

4 Things Your Kids Will Need In Their Summer Holiday Suitcase 

Now that summer holiday season is fast approaching, there will be many things for you to get sorted. Not only do you need to book holiday transfers and get your travel money, but there are suitcases to pack too! As a parent, this means organising your own, as well as packing those of your kids – and let’s face it, they are likely to miss some essential items if left to their own devices! Of course, you may be prone to forgetting a few bits yourself if you leave everything until the last minute.

Therefore it makes sense to take plenty of time to get all your holiday jobs done, as it should allow you to do everything right the first time. Although it is always helpful to get a little assistance sometimes, so here is a little something from us… we have the lowdown on a few things your kids will need in their summer holiday suitcase, meaning that you can pack the essentials first!

Sun protection 

We are cheating a bit with the first item on the list, as there are quite a few things that can be classed as sun protection. However they’re all really important to keep kids safe and healthy, so it makes sense to group them together. You’ll definitely want to pack a natural sun cream along with some protective sunglasses and a hat. There are other items you can buy such as cover-ups for the beach which can be ideal for the midday sunshine.

Swimwear 

Next up is swimwear, as this is something your kids will use each and every day on a sunshine getaway. Whether they’re playing in the pool or by the sea, swimwear is essential to keep other items of clothes dry. Swimming costumes and shorts are made of a material that will dry very quickly, which is great for comfortable wearing, as well as when you rinse them out in the evening when playtime is over.

Flip flops

Another really handy addition to a holiday suitcase is flip flops. There are plenty of brands out there, but Havaianas are a favourite of many due to the design and quality of the product. Flip flops are a lightweight addition to a bag, meaning they can be brought along on carry-on only flights, as well as in beach bags when going down to the sea. They are also ideal for wearing by swimming pools where the ground is often slippery for bare feet.

Shorts 

Shorts are something that are really versatile for travellers of all ages, but they are even more perfect for kids. Many holiday resorts do not expect tourists to dress overly smart for dinner, meaning your kids can often stay in the same outfit both in the day and the evening. However a dirty top can be replaced if necessary and will likely still match the shorts they are already wearing, especially if they are denim.

Squid, dim sum, and other things my 4 year old eats….

Living in Phuket Thailand has exposed our daughter to a number of delicacies that she would have never known about had we not moved here. The look on people’s faces when they see Kaya show into her gullet ( as Billy likes to call it) handful after handful
of sauteed bitter melon…most people can’t stand the stuff, even Thais!!
Or when instead of ordering some crappy junk food that’s on the ‘kid’s menu’
( what a joke)
we order for her the grilled squid, which she cherishes. If I ever err and get her something that wasn’t up to par,
no problem. She steals whatever I am eating, no matter how odd it may be.
Yes folks. I am one of those freaks of nature that loves sour, salty, spicy as hell food.
In Shanghai, I ordered bitter tea and the waitress looked at me like…yes, like I was insane.
It was so good I ordered a second!
( if only kaya had been with me then…)
SO Kaya has my palate.
She is weird like her mom.
Because she grew up mainly in Asia, she prefers Asian food over European,
save anything with truffle oil.
( we discovered her love of truffle oil and polenta in Cortona…when she, yet again, stole my meal)
Congee with sesame oil is her personal favorite, as well as tofu.
One of her current obsessions is dim sum, specifically a vegetarian variety our friend makes from scratch.
One thing I noticed a few months ago was that Kaya was fascinated by my eating green peppercorns.
The little vibrant green balls intrigued her, and she badly wanted to try them, but refused as she knew they were spicy.
So she began by asking if she could feed them to me, which was cute…until she made me eat so many….
Then one day, she tried them!! And loved it! The only problem was the sauce they come in is super spicy, which made her gasp
‘WATER’ and she hasn’t tried them since.
I am indeed proud my little weirdo loves healthy Asian cuisine and is turning out to be a budding gastronome.
In fact, she watches cooking shows and tries to mimic them in her mock kitchen.
She also helps the chefs at the local Indian restaurant.
Hey, it could be worse….