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Traveling With Kids in Tow: Planning Your Road Trip

The Great American Road Trip can be one of the most memorable vacations to take with your children. Traveling cross-country offers unparalleled family bonding time, learning opportunities and schedule flexibility.

To ensure that all your memories are good ones, however, it is imperative to plan ahead and pack accordingly. Think of all the fun times you are about to have, but also evaluate what could possibly go wrong. When you have everything you need for all situations, the family can take small bumps easily in stride. Here are some tips to help make sure you have all your bases covered:

Pack for Entertainment

You may be on the road for hours in between destinations, so make sure your kids have a variety of activities to entertain themselves while in the vehicle. Reading books, coloring books, handheld gaming devices, simple crafts and DVDs will give the kids a chance to engage their brains and hands in different types of distractions. If you have multiple children, magnetic games, like this checkerboard, make it easy for the kids to play together without losing pieces every time the car hits a pothole.

Don’t expect the children to entertain themselves the entire time, though. Be prepared with some fun quizzes or fact-sharing games that will engage the entire family. Car time is a great opportunity to teach your children all about the places they will visit on the trip.

Traveling With Kids in Tow: Planning Your Road Trip

Plan for Emergencies

Always take extras of the necessities when traveling long distances, especially when traveling with babies or family members who need special care. If something happens along the way and you get stuck on the side of the road or can’t make it back home on time, you don’t want to run out of diapers, formula or medicine.

Make sure you also have a first aid kit as well as a roadside assistance kit in the vehicle, and plan for bathroom/illness emergencies, too. Keep a spare set of clothes for each family member handy along with some baby wipes and paper towels for when accidents happen.

Keeping motion sickness remedies on hand is also a good idea when traveling through unfamiliar terrain. You never know how you or your children will react to different altitudes or windy roads.

Don’t Overschedule

This may be the road trip of a lifetime, but you don’t have to see every sight along the way. Leave enough time on the itinerary to actually enjoy time at each destination. Research locations that will be fun for the entire family and plan your travel accordingly.

Don’t forget to also research stops for gas, food and overnight stays. Try to break up the car time with evenly dispersed activities whether it’s meals, potty breaks or sightseeing. Let the kids explore what they want to explore, and let them guide you to things they find interesting.

Pack Healthy Snacks

Not only will bringing along your own snacks save you money on the trip, but it also helps you regulate what your family is eating. It can be tempting to get treats at every stop you make, but little tummies may not tolerate foreign foods and long periods of locomotion. Pack mild and easily digestible foods that are also easy to eat in a moving car.

Squeeze pouches of applesauce and yogurt, crackers, trail mix and fresh fruit are great snacks for the car, and they also provide nutritional content. Skip the greasy burgers and have a roadside picnic with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, instead. Using an adorable basket and searching for the perfect picnic spot together can turn your pit stop into one of the most memorable parts of your trip.

A little bit of planning and preparation can go a long way to making your family road trip successful. The family will appreciate having everything they need, and you will appreciate being able to relax and enjoy the ride.

Healthy Weight Loss

Shoulders and Legs Workout

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stuffed avocado recipe

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