The thought of hitting the open road for your first ever driving adventure with a baby is sure to be exciting but it may also be a little bit daunting at the same time. What if something goes wrong or the baby gets scared or you all get lost on some never-ending foreign motorway?
However, by following these easy tips you will discover that an unforgettable road trip isn’t as difficult to organise and enjoy as you might have feared.
Get the Car Professionally Checked Out
Of course, you won’t want to go anywhere at all with a car that can’t be trusted. Therefore, a good starting point is to get your vehicle professionally checked out before you leave home.
There is still a risk that something could go wrong as you drive, but knowing that it is in perfect condition as you first set off will give you great peace of mind. The last thing that you want is to have your journey ruined by the car breaking down when you are far from home and you have a young child who could get upset by it all.
Plan the Route
When everywhere around you is new and exciting, it is good to have a route planned that you can stick to. By knowing where you are going to stop each day you will feel more comfortable and won’t have to worry about when the next stop will be.
This approach will also allow you to work out which family-friendly hotels you can stay in. By booking ahead you will also feel happy knowing that the next stop for some home comforts and a good rest is on the horizon.
Give Yourself Freedom
Despite it perhaps seeming the opposite advice from the previous point, it makes a lot of sense to give your family as much freedom as you can on this trip. This can mean stopping off for a picnic, exploring a forest trail or getting some outdoor games along the way.
This will help to keep everyone relaxed and feeling as though they are enjoying the freedom of the road rather than being stuck in the car all day long every day. A good way of doing this is to plan your route but leave lots of extra time between your starting point and destination each day.
New parents often need this sense of freedom if they have been feeling stressed and cooped up at home for too long. An extra point to bear in mind is that you can put down car boot protectors to keep the vehicle clean and tidy even if you stop at muddy or dusty spots.
Think About Inviting Along Some Company
If you are planning your trip with your partner and the baby then this could be a fantastic bonding experience for the three of you. However, you might find that taking along some company makes it even better.
Does the baby have a young cousin who might be interested in joining you, or would the grandparents like to come along maybe? With more faces to look at and voices to listen to, the young one will probably enjoy the trip more.
Another option is to invite along the family dog. You can do this by putting down the likes of BMW boot liners and giving him access to food and water in the car. This will open up some exciting new possibilities for enjoying the trip as a family.
Look for Things to Do Along the Way
Above all, what you will want to avoid is simply trying to get from A to B as fast as possible. This is a sure way to get stressed and to not enjoy the trip at all.
Instead, you should look to make the road trip a huge part of the overall adventure. Will you be driving close to the beach, near to an old castle or past a big amusement park?
You should look on this road trip as a way of seeking out new adventures for you, your partner and the baby. You might never be in this part of the world ever again, so why not make some time to enjoy the interesting stuff that you pass along the way?
Taking all of this into account, it is clear that baby’s first road trip could turn out to be a hugely enjoyable experience for the whole family. You should all go home at the end of it feeling relaxed and ready to move on to the next stage in your life together.