We recently went on a road trip to California and I knew it would be a stretch for my kids to not only be happy in the car but to be NICE too. I planned ahead and looked for great ideas to help make our trip more enjoyable. In the long run, I just hoped to SURVIVE. I was pleasantly surprised at how well they did. 10-11 hours each way was not very comfortable but it worked! Here are some of the ideas I used that helped us have a successful & ‘mostly happy’ trip! I’ve also added a few extras that I have found since we came home that I wish we had used!
1. Assigned seating! I purposely put certain children in specific places next to specific siblings. If you know that 2 of your children have a harder time getting along, you might want to separate them BEFORE you get on the road! I also put my oldest next to the toddler so that she could help him be happy since I was in the front.