Having a Happy, Healthy Road Trip
Road trips are great memory-makers and can be a great vacation. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, a longtime Emergency Department nurse and mother of three, shares her tips for making sure your road trip is safe and enjoyable.
What can parents do before a road trip to make sure everyone stays safe and has fun?
NURSE ROSE: Summer vacation is a great time to visit new places and spend time as a family. Road trips, believe it or not, are a great way to spend quality time together. Try these tips to ensure your family has a fun and safe trip.
Before hitting the road, you’ll want to:
- Double-check car seats. It’s estimated that three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly. Have a certified car seat technician check your child’s seat.
- Don’t forget a first aid kit. Make sure you’re ready for every cut, scrape or fever that pops up on vacation.
- Pack healthy snacks. Don’t let anyone get hangry! Bring along healthy, mess-free snacks like water, trail mix, grapes, apple slices and peanut butter crackers.
- Plan for stops. Stop at scenic overlooks, walk around rest stops or hit up local parks to give everyone a chance to stretch their legs and burn off some energy.
What are some fun ways to entertain children in the car?
NURSE ROSE: Car rides can be a great family bonding opportunity, but loud or restless kids can be distracting while driving. To help entertain the kids and prevent distracted driving, try these tips.
- Bring entertainment. Be sure to pack books, crayons, papers, stickers, tablets or a portable DVD player to keep kids entertained in the backseat.
- Map the route together. Pull out an atlas and show kids the route you’ll be taking.
- Play games. Play a few rounds of the alphabet game, spot it or the license plate game to mix up the drive.