Tips on Road Tripping with Kids
Are We There Yet?
The ad nauseum phrase heard more times than you've changed your baby's diaper in a week when you have a group of kiddies along for the ride. My kids are all grown up (20 and 24), so I have the option of bringing them together or going the road trip on my own. When you have small kids, you may want to 1. Only bring them if they are a minimum of seven years of age 2. make your trip kid-friendly to avoid having the boredom of children chip away at the fun of your journey and the fulfillment of your trip. Whether or not you have children with you on your tour may change the location and timing of your journey. "Kid factors" will ultimately affect the "WHERE" of your trip.
Kids and Car Trips
If you have kiddos on your trip, you will need to pick a location in which you will have more "kid friendly" stops along the way. Kid-friendly stops can be their favorite chain restaurant, a highway rest stop with facilities and picnic tables, a local, county, or state park. If possible, plan to be on the road driving while your child is napping. This will reduce the amount of stress for adults and other children in the car. I suggest wearing your kids out with a fun game of frisbee, tag, or other activity at one of your stops, such as a park or a rest stop. When kids are tired, get back into the car for them to snooze away driving time.
Select your road trip destination a bit closer to your home base to avoid burning out your children. Choose a location within 8 hours of your home if you are planning an overnight to get to your location, or 5 hours or less, if you are planning on getting your road trip completed in one day. Five hours doesn't sound like a significant amount of time until you're in a car on the road in a small space for prolonged periods.
Add Drive Time When Traveling with Kids
Add 20% to 30% to your planned driving time to get to your destination. With extra bathroom stops, an unexpected illness, and stopping to reserve adult sanity, adding this spare time to your planning will significantly reduce stress and give your family a more realistic time frame to get to your destination.
For example, say you're planning a road trip which your map app says is 4.5 hours away from your home. Adding 20% of the time, you will take 5.4 hours of actual time to get to your location when you use a 30% time factor, your total actual time 5.85 hours of transit. Adding this time gives you a buffer for the unexpected, which we all know happens with children daily, especially when you least expect it!
Make Sure to Bring Kid-Friendly Snacks
Don't rely on a gas station for snacks on the road, especially if you're gluten-free. If you've run out of food, stop at a local produce stand, or, better yet, stop at a local supermarket. Not does this give you more variety, you'll save money on buying locally at a supermarket or produce stand. Another great choice is to stop at a local health food store. Health food stores and markets will have a greater variety of gluten-free and allergy-free snacks for your road trip.
Have Car Games Exclusively for Your Car
When my kids were little, we had a foldable cube in our car, which had games. These games were reserved only for car trips - they were not allowed to bring them into the house. This may sound extreme; however, if you have "special" toys for the car, children are more likely to stay engaged for a more extended period of time.
How to Find a Gluten-Free Restaurant for New Year's Eve (or any other time you're looking for a safe, gluten-free restaurant)
Confused about how to find great gluten-free restaurants around you or when you travel? Find out tools you can use to find amazing gluten-free friendly and dedicated gluten-free restaurants to eat at on New Year’s Eve. If you're new to the gluten-free scene or you've been gluten-free for a while, you can still have a hard time finding a great restaurant. Whether you are a foodie or not, looking for a restaurant at home or on vacation, getting a good gluten-free meal at a nice restaurant can be daunting.
There are several tools you can use when you want to find a great restaurant for you and your family and friends! Filter for price, type of food and ambience. Learn how to cross-check your choice of restaurant, find out the difference between a gluten-free friendly restaurant and a dedicated gluten-free restaurant. Additionally, listen in to find out which three questions to ask when calling a restaurant to find out if they are safe for celiacs.
One of the resources I love to use is OpenTable. OpenTable is a reservation site and I use this resource because it’s easy to filter and find restaurants and reserve online instantly. You can use opentable’s online website or their mobile app to book a table. Your account setup is free. Find restaurants and make reservations through OpenTable and receive points when you dine at that restaurant using a reservation from OpenTable. When you reach a certain level of points you will receive rewards through OpenTable.
Find Me Gluten Free App
Find Me Gluten Free is available online and as a mobile app. Look for gluten-free friendly, dedicated gluten-free restaurants, places to eat with dedicated fryers. Find different gluten-free features
Find Easy-to-Make Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes Online!
With so many different online recipes to choose from, how do you know which sites have good gluten-free recipes? Here are a few easy, last minute recipes you can create in a flash during the remainder of the holiday season. You may also want to keep these recipes on hand for a quick dinner when you are busy with kids and their school, and work. I have not tested all of these recipes, however; I use these online sources quite frequently with good results!
In this blog post are links to some great end-of-the-year deals on gluten-free food you can purchase online! Find out where you can get the best deals on delicious gluten-free items. Stock up now and have your gluten-free ready-to-go for the New Year!
How to find gluten-free restaurants in Philadelphia
Gluten-Free Philadelphia with Michael from Gluten-Free Philly
I'm excited to feature Michael Savett, from Gluten Free Philly, for this episode of Travel Gluten Free! I've been hearing about Gluten Free Philly any time I mention I'm traveling to Philadelphia to another friend or acquaintance who is gluten-free.
My guest in Episode #65 is the father of an 18-year-old son with Celiac Disease who was diagnosed at age 3. He is an attorney practicing law in New Jersey and a member of the Business Advisory Council of Beyond Celiac.
He began publishing Gluten Free Philly in March 2009, with the mission of creating and maintaining a comprehensive reference for gluten-free-friendly restaurants, bakeries, stores, and events in the Delaware Valley. In addition to his blog, he also shares weekly features on items of interest to local and national readers.
Given the reader's interest in finding safe gluten-free options in the Philadelphia area, he decided to develop a mobile app, Gluten-Free Philly, which has more than 1,700 business listings throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and all of Delaware. This is the best resource
How to find sugar-free and gluten-free desserts for the holiday season
For new ideas on healthy, raw, and delicious desserts, look no further than Park City Desserts. Park City Desserts doesn’t believe you have to sacrifice the yummy to be healthy. Specializing in creating desserts that are not just delicious, Park City Desserts is vegan and gluten-free! Owner Shelley Marshall started her dessert venture through various world travels when she fell in love with raw food and the health benefits they offer. She appreciates using nutrients as much as possible to heal the body. After following a gluten-free lifestyle, Shelley wasn’t satisfied with available sugar-filled, gluten-free desserts.
Shelley’s business was a longtime dream that began as a passion project. Early on, she made batches of raw desserts in her home kitchen for friends and family. Demand for her amazing healthy desserts pushed her business to a commercial kitchen, where she now fills orders for individuals and large events. “What’s fun is we make custom orders as well as for Keto and Paleo diets.” Her mission is “to get healthier, fun food out into the market.
Pacific Coast Highway: The Ultimate Roadtrip
Four years ago, I discovered the Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset magazine. By the way, if you've never read an issue of Sunset - beware - this publication is addicting! More specifically, Sunset magazine embroils the senses with the unique, fantastic getaways and the most inspiring and delicious interior decorating a magazine publication has to offer.
In the beginning, my basic knowledge of Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH as it's commonly known, was how the highway mingled with the west coast of the United States from the northern California coast to Southern California. I had been searching for a fantastic road trip adventure, and, to my traveler's delight, Pacific Coast Highway was the journey I was looking for!
After piling through information on Pinterest about PCH, my heart was pounding to go and explore the grains of sand, exquisite views, and glorious mountains, which caress the Pacific Coast Highway shoreline.
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