Three Tips for Keeping the Car Cool for the Kids on Road Trips

By Franny Zollinger, July 30, 2014, Events & Fun

As you know, living in Texas during the summer can be hot! The average summer temperatures are in the 90’s all over the state! Driving our kids around in this heat can be very uncomfortable for our little ones, especially when their car seats heat up. Road trips may be even more difficult if your kids are sitting in the sun, so I’ve rounded up 3 ways to help your kids keep cool so they aren’t dreading those hot car rides!

Three Tips for Keeping the Car Cool for the Kids on Road Trips

Window Shade image courtesy of CSFTL.org.

1) Preparation is Key!

There are a few things you can do ahead of time to be prepared for your car rides. An easy one is to start the car 5-10 mins ahead of time and turn up the air conditioner. Park in the shade whenever possible to keep the internal temps from scalding hot to just stuffy hot. Leaving the windows cracked will allow the air to ventilate, also keeping the temperature down a bit.

Buy car seats with lighter color fabrics.  The same holds true for clothing your children wear during long, hot car rides. You can also tint the windows to help block the sun. Choose a sun shade that clings to the window, such as the one in the picture above, as it is less likely to fall off and hurt anyone in the case of an accident.  There are also car seat shades available to buy to keep the seats cool while you’re away from the car.  However, you could also just use a blanket or towel to cover the seats while you’re gone.

Three Tips for Keeping the Car Cool for the Kids on Road Trips

Window Shade image courtesy of CSFTL.org.

2) Take Advantage of Ice & Water

Let your children cool down with a cooling bandana or cooling towel, such as the Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad in the photo above. You should also drink plenty of water in general, as proper hydrated is a great way to help your children and yourself stay cool by regulating your body temperature. Obviously, you may want to plan ahead for extra pit stops, but it will be worth it if your kids aren’t overheated. You can also keep a water bottle in the car to spritz yourself and the kids as needed. Upon entering the car, use the spray bottle to cool down the seat & buckles before placing your child in the car seat.

Three Tips for Keeping the Car Cool for the Kids on Road Trips

Car Seat Cooler image courtesy of WithJoyInexpressible.blogspot.com

A great way to keep the car seat cool when you’re away from the car is with an ice pack. You can buy them or make your own using this tutorial. NOTE: These are not meant to be sat upon; instead, they are meant to keep the car seat cool while you’re away from the car.

 3) Use a Fan!

I recently discovered the Noggle, a tube designed to attach to the car vent and help you flow the air (hot or cold!) directly on your child! This is especially handy for your children who are using rear-facing car seats and don’t receive the direct flow from the A/C vents. How cool is that?

Three Tips for Keeping the Car Cool for the Kids on Road Trips

The Noggle in Action image courtesy of CarSeatBlog.com

Share your tips for keeping your kids cool on road trips with us in the comments below.

Resources:

  • http://csftl.org/keepin-cool/
  • http://www.babble.com/baby/9-ways-to-keep-kids-cool-in-the-car-this-summer/
  • http://www.angieslist.com/articles/9-tips-keep-your-car-cooler-during-summer.htm
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