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When I was growing up, my dad was a teacher so he always had summers off. As a result we often traveled, camping our way up and down the East Coast and even taking a trip out West for a three week road trip. I loved traveling and loved learning about new and exciting places and now that I have kids of my own I love traveling with them. During the year we take a few longer trips but often our trips are just fun day trips andI have come up with some easy Road Trip Tips to make Traveling with Kids Easier.
Road Trip Tips-Make Traveling with Kids Easier
Involve your kids in planning–When my kids were younger we didn’t really involve them in the planning of our trips but now that they are older we often ask them for input on where they would to visit. I find that when they are involved they are more likely to to have fun and learn.
For instance, we recently went on vacation but before we reached our destination we needed to kill a few hours in Philadelphia. The kids and I decided to spend a few hours at Valley Forge National Park and we had a great time. By involving them in the decision process they were excited to visit and learn more about the park and it’s history.
Pack snacks–hungry kids (and parents too!) can be moody so I like to make sure that I always pack snacks and the kids water bottles. I like to pack snacks that are easy to eat in the car without being too messy so I pack pretzels, string cheese and apples and some easy to eat candy like licorice. These are all great snacks because they can be handed out without having to stop the car and they don’t make hands all greasy and dirty.
A large resealable plastic bag–these are perfect when traveling because they can be used as a garbage bag or in case someone gets motion sickness. You can just seal away the mess inside and throw away at your next stop.
Baby wipes and paper towels–Baby wipes are great (even if you don’t have a baby) because they great for wiping off sticky hands, wiping down sweaty faces and for a quick clean up if you end up stopping to stretch your leg.
Bring things to keep them entertained–coloring books or books to read are great in the car. So are printable travel games and handheld electric devices, whatever it takes to keep the kids from getting bored in the car.
Finally, the last thing I always do before we head out on longer trips is to make sure that my car has been serviced recently, and that it’s oil has been changed and that the air has been checked in the tires. Did you know that you can get all of your travel related needs and get your car serviced at Walmart?My car is still under 75000 miles so I used the Pennzoil Platinum®: Full Synthetic Motor Oil with PurePlus™ Technology.
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Where will YOUR car take you on your next road trip?