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Tips to road trips with kids / Trucos para viajar con niños en la carretera



Travelling is one of The things we love most and We do it as often as We can. As parents, we believe that travelling provides the best cultural stimulus that we can give our daughter and that is an important part of her education.

The other day I told you our tips to pack when travelling with kids, (you can read it here)but today I would like to tell you our experience on road trips.



With a toddler, every little detail needs to be planned and thought so we always do our route before and plan our stops.

For example from Valencia to Oporto we have a nine-hour round trip and its important to plan your timetable. We normally do the first part of our trip around Luisas nap more or less 3 hours and then we have prepared our backup plan in case she wakes up early and needs to be distracted.

We use our iPad with her favourite cartoons to distract her and we always have a Spotify playlist ready with her favourites songs.

When packing we leave always next to us a bottle of water and easy to eat snacks, that can really help when they are stressed out and its always our B plan. Also, we keep a blanket because AC can be stronger

Driving so long can be boring and thats why we try to do as many breaks as we can without taking too long to the final destination. When we stop, we try to find a playground or a place to play with Luisa and do some exercise. Changing nappy or going for an ice team is always a good reason to stop.

For us choosing the right child seat was something that took long because we wanted a seat that we could use since she was little until now.

We chose the Takata midi Isize plus seat, because of many things:

It has Isofix system

You can use it forward and rear facing position

The fabric used is toxin-tested microfiber

Extra pads in case of a side collision

Lightweight

Complete magnetic 5-point harness system for easier everyday use


We are very happy with our choice and I recommend this child seat to all the parents who ask me.

Sometimes is a bit too much do it on the same day all our route so we try to find nice hotels or bed and breakfasts on our way and slip it in one or two parts and then make it cooler seeing new places discovering new restaurants and places.

Luisa is a really good partner on our trips she is used to doing it since she was 4 months and she loves a good road trip, she sleeps more than half the time! She is so fast falling asleep that sometimes I envy her!

And you do you have special tips or tricks to make it easy with kids?



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Viajar es una de las cosas que más nos gusta y lo hacemos tan a menudo como podemos. Como padres creemos que viajar proporciona los mejores estímulos culturales que podemos dar a nuestra hija y eso es una parte importante de su educación.

El otro día escribí un post sobre nuestros consejos para hacer maletas cuando viajando con niños (lo podéis leer aquí), pero hoy me gustaría contar nuestra experiencia en viajes por carretera.



Con un niño cada pequeño detalle tiene que ser planeado y pensado así que, siempre hacemos nuestra ruta antes y planeamos nuestras paradas. Por ejemplo, de Valencia a Oporto tenemos un viaje de nueve horas y es importante planificar el horario. Normalmente hacemos la primera parte de nuestro viaje alrededor de la siesta de Luisa más o menos 3 horas y luego hemos preparado nuestro plan B en caso de que se despierte temprano y la necesitamos distrair utilizamos nuestro iPad con sus dibujos animados favoritos y siempre tenemos lista de reproducción de Spotify con sus canciones preferidas. Al hacer la maleta dejamos siempre junto a nosotros una botella con agua y algo de comida fácil de comer en el coche, que realmente puede ayudar cuando entran en estrés y es siempre nuestro plan B. También llevamos una manta porque AC puede ser más fuerte en la parte detrás del coche.

Conducir tanto tiempo puede ser aburrido y por eso intentamos hacer tantos descansos como podamos sin tardar demasiado en llegar al destino final. Cuando paramos intentamos encontrar un parque o un lugar para jugar con Luisa y hacer algo de ejercicio. Cambiar pañales o ir a un helado es siempre una buena razón para parar y descansar.

Para nosotros elegir la sillita del coche adecuado nos llevó mucho tiempo porque queríamos un asiento que pudiéramos usar desde pequeña hasta ahora y que aparte de seguro fuera comodo.

Hemos elegido la sillita Takata midi Isize plus


debido a muchas cosas:

Multi posición que permite uso contra la marcha & a favor de la marcha hasta los 105cms

Triple Airpads para un viaje seguro y cómodo

Completo sistema de arnés de 5 puntos magnético para un uso diario más fácil

Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Clase 1 (para bebés & niños pequeños) certificado para todos los textiles.

Set recién nacido maximiza la adaptabilidad para niños desde el nacimiento hasta los 4 años (40-105cm)Nosotros estamos encantados con la sillita y Luisa va muy comoda, la recomendamos a todos los papas!



Por veces es demasiado hacer toda nuestra ruta en un solo día , y por eso intentamos encontrar hoteles en mitad del camino para hacerlo más lleve y así descubrir nuevos sitios restaurantes.

Luisa es una óptima compañera de viaje y como está acostumbrada a hacerlo desde los 4 meses y le encanta viajar, se duerme con mucha facilidad muchas veces más de la mitad del viaje y casi la envidio¡

Y vosotros que trucos tenéis para viajar con niños?

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