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5 Survival Tips for Your Family Vacation Road Trip

 

You can probably hear it already: the kids fighting over the radio and asking "Are we there yet?" Sometimes a picnic is no picnic. If you're planning a family road trip this summer, you must plan ahead to ensure you have a smooth ride. Just follow these five tips for surviving the summer road trip. 

1. Pack plenty of goodies
 
First and foremost, pack plenty of snacks for the road. Stopping to eat can cut into travel time and your budget. Pack nonsugary snacks like apples, oranges and grapes. Also, pack individual snacks like a sandwich, chips and cookies for everyone in the family. That way, there's no fighting over food. 

2. Pop in a movie
 
How long will your drive take? Two hours? Ten hours? Thank heavens for modern technology! Even if you don't have a drop-down screen in your car, just bring your tablet or smartphone and log in to your Hulu or Netflix account to keep the kids occupied. Try to pick a movie or show they want to see but haven't yet seen so they pay attention.
 
3. Bring headphones
 
This tip goes hand in hand with tip #2. Earbuds or noise-canceling headphones are a lifesaver on a long road trip. Buy a pair for everyone — except the driver, of course — so that the whole family can enjoy their own form of entertainment. Those watching a movie can plug in their earbuds and those listening to music on their phone can also plug in to tune others out.
 
4. Come up with road games
 
Once you've eaten all the snacks, watched movies and listened to music, it's time for road games. Play the license plate game, sing show tunes or play trivia games. Just don't bring along anything that requires a board or too many accessories that could get lost.
 
5. Schedule potty breaks
 
One way to keep the kids from getting too antsy is to make time for potty breaks. Avoid stopping every thirty minutes by planning ahead to take at least two or three potty breaks at spaced out intervals to give everyone a chance to get out of the car and stretch their legs.
 
Bonus: On-the-road safety checklist
 
Finally, before you take off, remember your safety checklist. This will help you avoid a total disaster if trouble arises. Mark these off first:

  • Pack an emergency roadside kit.
  • Make sure your AAA membership is up to date.
  • Check your spare tire.
  • Don't forget to bring your phone charger.
  • Always carry extra cash.

Have fun on your family vacation!

 
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