Sep 14, 2019

Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids

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I'll tell you some of the things my family does and some advice on how to not just survive, but also enjoy those dreaded car trips.
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Car trips always involve risks. Nearly 1.25 million people die in road traffic accidents every year. If you want increase your chances of [[Survive a Long Road Trip|surviving a car trip]] with many kids, ensure your vehicle is road worthy, plan your journey and drive in accordance with the law at all times. For some advice and suggestions on the trip not being a miserable experince for you and the many kid car passengers, read on from step number one below.
 
 
 
[[Category:Family Vacations]]
 
[[Category:Family Vacations]]
 
[[Category:Road Trips]]
 
[[Category:Road Trips]]
   
 
== Steps ==
 
== Steps ==
#Bring a bag of family entertainment items then have each kid bring a bag of their own entertainment items. In your bag you might have CD's, DVDs and portable DVD players,yarn/needles snacks and drinks, new toys, and anything else that is for the whole family. In a kid bag, they might have their iPod, their books or magazines, their blanket or stuffed animal, any toys they want to bring.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 1 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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#Pack a bag of family entertainment items then have each kid bring a bag of their own entertainment items. In your bag you might have CD's, DVDs and portable DVD players, yarn/needles, snacks and drinks, new toys, and anything else that is for the whole family. In a kid bag, they might have their iPod, their books or magazines, their blanket or stuffed animal, any toys they want to bring.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 1 Version 2.jpg|center]]
#Before the trip, tell the kids about where you are going and get them all excited about it.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 2 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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# Tell the kids about where you are going and get them all excited about it before you start your trip.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 2 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Tell the kids about certain lakes, or other landmarks that you will be going by on the way. This will give the kids stuff to look forward in the car.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 3 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Tell the kids about certain lakes, or other landmarks that you will be going by on the way. This will give the kids stuff to look forward in the car.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 3 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Make your kids a map, or get a kid friendly map from your town to your destination. You could draw your house, where you leave the town, lakes, rivers, other landmarks, some famous places, towns that they might have heard of, the destination, and where you will stop and anything else. The younger they are, the more basic you want to make the map.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 4 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Make your kids a map, or get a kid friendly map from your town to your destination. You could draw your house, where you leave the town, lakes, rivers, other landmarks, some famous places, towns that they might have heard of, the destination, and where you will stop and anything else. The younger they are, the more basic you want to make the map.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 4 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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## Make a separate map for each kid (if you have a lot of kids, then just copy the map in a copy machine but you can write each kids name on the map to make them feel special.
 
## Make a separate map for each kid (if you have a lot of kids, then just copy the map in a copy machine but you can write each kids name on the map to make them feel special.
 
## Go over it with them before the trip, and then have them look at it during the trip, and they can mark off where you've been.
 
## Go over it with them before the trip, and then have them look at it during the trip, and they can mark off where you've been.
#Bring lots of snacks. But make sure they are not messy, crumbly snacks. Also, if your kids have too much sugar, they could get grumpy so for every junk food snack you have, have a healthy snack. Snacks will keep the kids busy.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 5 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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#Take lots of snacks. Make sure food for the trip are not messy, crumbly snacks. Also, if your kids have too much sugar, they could get grumpy so for every junk food snack you have, have a healthy snack. Snacks will keep the kids busy.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 5 Version 2.jpg|center]]
#Depending on how long your trip is, make some stops. Usually our trips are not any longer than 6 hours and we make 1-2 stops. Do the buddy system for stopping and try to make the girls with girls and the boys with boys for bathroom reasons. Allow time for the kids to run around and get some energy out.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 6 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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# Stop along the way if required. Depending on how long your trip is, make some stops. For example, if a trip is 6 hours and, make 1-2 stops. Do the buddy system for stopping and try to make the girls with girls and the boys with boys for bathroom reasons. Allow time for the kids to run around and get some energy out.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 6 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#If you are planning on eating a meal during the car trip, make it a stop if your kids are little so you all won't make a mess in the car.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 7 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#If you are planning on eating a meal during the car trip, make it a stop if your kids are little so you all won't make a mess in the car.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 7 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Keep a cooler for drinks and snacks by you or another adult or an older kid who can give out snacks and drinks to the younger ones.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 8 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Keep a cooler for drinks and snacks by you or another adult or an older kid who can give out snacks and drinks to the younger ones.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 8 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#If your car is big enough, separate the ones who are going to have a problem together.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 9 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#If your car is big enough, separate the ones who are going to have a problem together.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 9 Version 2.jpg|center]]
#Make rules for your car trip. Make some serious rules like getting along, when you're allowed to eat, and stuff like that, but also make some funny rules. One rule I use is if you start arguing or bickering or whatever, you have to make an animal sound and that usually makes people start laughing and forget about fighting. Make your own silly rules like that.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 10 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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#Make rules for your car trip. Make some serious rules like getting along, when you're allowed to eat, and stuff like that, but also make some funny rules. A fun real to try is if you start arguing or bickering or whatever, you have to make an animal sound and that usually makes people start laughing and forget about fighting. Make your own silly rules like that.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 10 Version 2.jpg|center]]
#Here's some things that the kids can do in the car:[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 11 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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# Keep the msny kids occupied. Here are things that the kids can do in the car:[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 11 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#* Listen to iPods, books on tape, etc
 
#* Listen to iPods, books on tape, etc
 
#* Read a book or magazine
 
#* Read a book or magazine
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#* Talk
 
#* Talk
 
#* Older ones can use their phones
 
#* Older ones can use their phones
#* Look at the maps I suggested you make
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#* Look at maps
 
#* Sing
 
#* Sing
 
#* Write
 
#* Write
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#* Tell stories
 
#* Tell stories
 
#Dress the kids in the same color so its easier to keep track of them when you stop places[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 12 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Dress the kids in the same color so its easier to keep track of them when you stop places[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 12 Version 2.jpg|center]]
#Every time you stop somewhere, before you get going again do a count to make sure you have everybody.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 13 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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# Do headcount. Every time you stop somewhere, before you get going again do a count to make sure you have everybody.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 13 Version 2.jpg|center]]
#As you're driving, have the kids look for certain landmarks.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 14 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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# Look for landmarks. As you're driving, have the kids look for certain landmarks.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 14 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Play some games that involve talking and no game pieces.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 15 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Play some games that involve talking and no game pieces.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 15 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Listen to the radio.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 16 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Listen to the radio.[[Image:Survive a Car Trip With Many Kids Step 16 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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== Related wikiHows ==
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*[[Plan a Road Trip]]
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*[[Plan a Road Trip with Kids]]
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*[[Plan a Trip]]


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