· The biggest lifesaver for a road trip is definitely a portable DVD player. Make sure you have a small selection of movies, pillows and blankets for each child so they’re comfortable.
· Bring along a camera so when the kids get bored, get them to snap some pictures of everyone making funny faces. Even the most stressful trip will become a memory that you can laugh about later on.
· If the kids continue to ask the dreadful “Are we there yet”, pass them a map and help them figure out the route and guess how long it may take to get to the destination. Knowing how to read a map is a valuable skill in life.
· Keep kids entertained along the way by playing games such as I Spy or The Alphabet license game. You can sing songs together as a family. Make up games as you go along. Let each child pick a game to play so they’ll be more interested in playing. Stop at the dollar store prior to leaving and buy a package of pipe cleaners and get the kids to use their imagination to create something out of it.
· Make sure to pack healthy snacks and don’t forget the bribe snacks for emergency situations. For adults, bring a thermos as most rest stops will fill your thermos full of coffee for $1 or so.s Don’t forget wet naps, drinks and sanitizer for pit stops to the restrooms.
· Kids can’t sit for long periods of time so if your road trip is an extremely long one, plan ahead to stop at a pool or park to have kids burn off some energy.