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Plan a Road Trip with Kids: 9 Tips to Get You Safely (and Successfully) on the Road

Are you considering taking a road trip with your kids this summer? There’s nothing better than hitting the open road with your family. Summer is a great time to get out there and explore new places. Road trips can be fun, but it’s essential to plan a road trip ahead of time so everything goes smoothly.

Before you head off on your adventure, make sure you’re prepared.  The last thing you want is miserable kids in the back seat! Luckily, we have some great family travel tips to make the process of planning a road trip easier.

One of the most important parts of planning a road trip is mapping out your route. You’ll want to consider the distance you’re comfortable driving each day and any sightseeing or activities you want to do along the way.

Plan Your Road Trip Route

Because you’ve decided how many miles per day you wish to drive ahead of time (many people feel 300 miles is a doable amount and stopping by 3:00pm, for example, is comfortable), it’s best to reserve overnight accommodations.

Reserve Hotels or Campgrounds Beforehand

Packing for a road trip can be challenging, especially if you’re traveling with kids. In addition to your clothes and personal items, you’ll need to make sure you have everything you need for the car ride.

What to Pack for the Trip

Snacks will keep kids busy in the car and will also cut down the need for convenience store purchases and stops at restaurants.  Pack a cooler to keep food and drinks cold. Include a table cloth to make those rest-stop picnic tables more appealing and have a picnic.

Pack Meals, Drinks, and Snacks

You can bring along books, toys, and games. Many families also like to use portable DVD players or tablets to watch movies or play games.

How to Keep the Kids Entertained on the Road

– Turn up the music. Download some of your family’s favorite songs and make a road trip playlist. Find some tunes that are about driving and road trips. – Use audiobooks to listen to some great family-friendly stories. – Play road trip games. Car games like “I, Spy,” and The Licence Plate Game are great choices.

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