Spending your whole holiday season in a car can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.
Last year, a record-breaking number of Ohioans (we’re talking billions) hit the road for holiday celebrations. In fact, travel growth around the holidays has grown consecutively for the last decade, and this year is right on track.
Between the increase in construction on central Ohio’s roadways and the millions of people traveling on them, it could easily become a nightmare situation.
Growing up in a huge family that traveled everywhere by car, I’m happy to lend you some strategies for a peaceful road trip. If my parents can drive all the way to Montana with 5 kids under 16, I promise, you can make it 45 minutes to your mother-in-law’s house.
Start your trip off right. Make everyone use the bathroom and fill up the tank before you get too far.
The kids will probably be excited at first. But after about 15 minutes, they’ll be over it.
Quell their boredom with plenty of fun, in-car activities. I spy will only get you so far with these modern kiddos.
Don’t forget to have some quiet time… You’d hate to have to yell at them during Christmas.
If that doesn’t work, you could just break down and let them have screens. Just this once, right?
If all else fails, just ignore them.
The real key here, parents, is not to turn on each other.
Once you finally arrive at your destination, just ditch the kids and head out for a cocktail.
But just remember, they won’t be little forever. So even though it seems awful now, try to enjoy the fun time you’re spending together.
Safe travels and Happy Holidays!
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