Two families on the road in Norway, loads of planning ahead for mini-adventures by car. Just follow along!
Follow along: How to road trip with kids the right way
Part 5: Small Adventures and Big Breaks
(and how to stretch your legs the right way)
The saying “life is about the journey, not the destination” is pretty spot on, at least it applies perfectly to our road trip. We had a few plans on where to stop and what to do on the way, but there is always the “I have to pee” and “are we there yet?”, along the way. It forces you to take breaks which actually can turn out to be pretty great (and not only for the kids)!
If you, like our family, have kids that will turn over every rock they see in search of bugs or want to climb every mountain, you are in luck. All the breaks you take will turn into a small adventure, no need to plan everything out. The best times are made up along the way, right!?
Our road trip also included several ferry rides, which was a great break for everybody. It was something else to do and see and we all got some fresh air! Also, If you are travelling by car with a baby you should actually take breaks every 30-60 minutes and even more frequent when travelling with a newborn or premature baby. Just to make sure your little one get as much fresh air and movement as possible.
Curious George on the ferry with Dad. This is your chance to tell your kids about that scary sea monster that lives deep down in the fjord…
Stopping for a snack and lunch is necessary! We had sandwiches and fruit with us and got waffles and ice cream in a cosy café. That will give you enough energy for a few more hours on the road!
A stop at the beach was a big hit! We had brought a few small things with us, like the kids fishing gear and small wooden boats to play with. So we kept busy catching crabs and racing those tiny boats, and Dad even went for a swim…
Take advantage of the fact that you are travelling with another family with kids. Let them loose as soon as you have found a safe parking spot so they can run free and pretty much do what they want. When you are ready to hit the road again they might even sleep a few hours in the car.
The BeSafe checklist:
- If you are traveling with a baby, keep in mind that you should take frequent breaks (every 30-60 minutes and even more frequent when newborn or premature).
- Use this to your advantage and plan something that will both give you a small adventure and fresh air.