Whether it is a simple ride down the street or a trip across the country, car trips with kids when you are a parent with a chronic illness can feel downright impossible. But there are a few important things to keep in mind to make sure everyone arrives safe and happy. I’ve gathered up a few car trip tips to make it a little easier as a parent with a chronic illness.
Top 4 Car Trip Tips
Safety is #1
This great article from Cars.com can give you all the information you need to know to get the necessary checks done on your car seats to assure safety. Whether you have an infant seat, convertible seat, or booster seat, cars.com can show you how to best check your seat to make sure it is all in proper working order. Cars.com takes car seat safety seriously.
If you are anything like me, I tend to fill my bags for every single possible scenario, then get upset when the bag is too heavy for my PsA hands to carry. Packing lightly, with only the essentials will allow you to be out longer enjoying yourself, without lugging around too many unnecessary items.
Gadgets make it easier
My fingers have a terrible time trying to get the buttons on the car seats undone. There are several gadgets, such as the Bucklebopper (#aff) or the Car Seat Key which make it much easier to get your children out of their seats, minus all the aches and pains in your hands.
Entertainment is everything
No one wants to travel with screaming, bored children. At the same time, watching show after show isn’t necessarily the best idea either. This article from The Joys of Boys has a fabulous collection of 25 Free Printable Road Trip Games. Or you can head over to my beloved Pinterest and find out how to make super easy Busy Bags or On-The-Go Lego kits.
No matter what, when you hit the road as a parent with a chronic illness, be safe, be smart, and always listen to your body. If you are interested in learning more about how I fight my chronic pain while parenting with a chronic illness, subscribe below or read more here.