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1 - To travel with peace of mind, pay attention to safety.
- Driver safety, who must be rested before setting off
- Safety for your children, who must be permanently secured , for short or long journeys, in restraint devices adapted to their age.
- Luggage tidy and organized so that in the event of an impact or sudden braking, nothing can hit your children or come off in full swing on the highway.
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2 - Organize your trip and explain it to your children.
- Leave at the right time . If possible, plan to leave when your children are likely to be sleeping. It will always save a little time!
- For a long trip, study your route in advance (or of course think of your GPS), nothing is more stressful than having to find your way with impatient and tired children!
- To make it easier for a child to accept a trip, let him know in advance, explain to him what is going to happen . Where are we going, how long, the breaks you have planne.
- Plan meals in advance, for babies of course and for older children if you don't want to spend a fortune in the motorway areas, or to anticipate traffic jams, breakdowns, bad weather that could delay your journey.
3 - Plan for breaks
- Every two hours maximum and 15 minutes minimum . This is a safety rule for the driver, but it is also the maximum time that a child can endure, seated in the same position.
- Choose break places where everyone can let off steam and run as they please. For infants, take advantage of this time for changing, eating and cuddling and making her snuggle up in your arms.
4 - Organize Your Car
- Provide a pillow and a blanket for each child so that they can fall asleep as comfortably as possible, and of course a blanket, pacifiers or any reassuring objects.
- Provide a "survival bag" to keep near you everything they might ask you during the trip: bottle / bottle of water, cookies / cakes, handkerchiefs, vomit bag ...
- Also keep the baby 's changing bag easily accessible so as not to have to empty the trunk to access, during the break, diapers, wipes, bottles, medicines ...
- Provide spare clothes for overflowing diapers, for apple juice spilled on the t-shirt …
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5 - Avoid heartache
- Don't make your child travel on an empty stomach. Before you go, give him a light meal that is high in slow sugar and low in fat. Avoid milk and drinks that are too sweet.
- Watch the road . If your child is feeling sick, get him or her into a game. Ask him to look ahead for a few minutes, as if he was driving, have him simulate their driving with a fake steering wheel.
- Air the vehicle.
- Certain medicines (homeopathic or not) can also help you have a more pleasant trip. (consult your doctor or pharmacist).
- Occupy them!
- If your children are affected by road sickness, always provide plastic bags, wipes, tea towels, towel, handkerchiefs ... to intervene quickly in the event of an accident.
6 - Plan to keep them busy
- Ask your child to prepare some toys for the trip (to avoid abuse, you can limit the quantity to a small bag for example).
- Plan some paper, pencils (for doodling or games with the older ones) and also some small additional toys / games that will bring a little novelty to your children during a long trip.
- When possible, set up small play stations with shelves fixed to the front seats and some easily accessible toys.
- Board games, guessing games, observation games, word games, telling stories, listening to music, story CDs ... many ideas for activities and games exist and can be adapted to your children ... And since you are all locked in the same car, why not talk to each other , tell each other stories, share a moment together which will perhaps become part of the wonderful memories of your children!
- For fans of electronic toys, DVD stations, game consoles… don't forget the batteries or car chargers, that would be a shame!
7 - Anticipate conflicts
- If an argument or bickering begins: ask them to take care of each other , with the toys they have planned for the trip.
- So that they can play together , prefer family games, which are likely to interest both adults and children
8 - Plan wide!
Whether it's time, water bottles, breaks, diapers or tea towels, plan for more than you need. You are not immune to various and varied unforeseen events: traffic jams, showers, snow, overwhelming gastro etc.
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