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Making Road Trips Fun And Tolerable For Your Kids

By Erin Walker

The scent of damp earth and hay fields, the sight of lakes and canyons, and the warm company of friends and family, this is what makes up a classic road trip. The best kinds of trips are family ones. The only trouble is, sometimes with younger kids in the car, long road trips can become a nightmare. Road trips shouldn’t be something to dread. Here are a few quick ideas on ways to make a road trip with your younger children run as smoothly as possible.

Cooping kids up in a car leaves them with a lot of energy, which often results in trouble. Road trips also seem to have a way of shrinking children’s bladders. These are perhaps the most frustrating obstacles all parents hoping to go on a road trip must conquer. To kill two birds with one stone, use restroom stops as a time to release energy. After everyone has gone to the bathroom, play a quick game, tag, leap frog, freeze tag, anything that will get their blood pumping again, and will make them tired.

It is important to make sure there are plenty of snacks for the kids. Nothing spoils a trip like a bunch of kids whining about being hungry the whole way. To avoid this fate, make sure to bring a well-organized bag with crackers, trail mix, fresh fruit, veggies, and other healthy snacks.

When you get back in the car keep them entertained with books you have checked out from your local library. If you’re desperate and have a T.V. in your vehicle, you can use that to keep them entertained for a little while. Ultimately, though, this is a family vacation and will be more fun if everyone’s not glued to some form of screen, whether it be the T.V., PSP, or lap top. If you’re not the one driving, try and engage the family with group games. There are hundreds of road trip games you can play. You could read them a story, play an audio book, or even pass around old family pictures.

As you travel, it is also important to have a basic first aid kit. This should at least have standard Band-Aids and antibiotic cream. Safety as you travel should always be your top priority. Safety shouldn’t only be important on the road, but at home as well. One way to be safe at home is to install a home security system that will protect your home and family.

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Walker, Erin "Making Road Trips Fun And Tolerable For Your Kids." Making Road Trips Fun And Tolerable For Your Kids. 12 Jul. 2010. 1 Aug 2014 <>.

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Walker, E (2010, July 12). Making Road Trips Fun And Tolerable For Your Kids. Retrieved August 1, 2014, from

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Walker, Erin "Making Road Trips Fun And Tolerable For Your Kids"

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