Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Family-Friendly Travel Tips

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There is nothing more stressful than trying to drive to your destination in a short amount of time, not allowing for the opportunity to get out and stretch or make a quick stop at a shop or roadside attraction.

Make sure all of your meals do not take place inside of the car. Instead, plan for at least one meal to be outside at a picnic table or in a restaurant. This helps to break things up and gives everyone an escape from being cooped up in the car.

The infamous question, "Are we there yet?" can easily be eliminated if you give your children a map of your route. You can talk about landmarks, interesting names of towns and streets and quiz them. Any experience can become educational with a little creativity.

Of course, there are also lots of fun question-and-answer games that you can play along the way. It's a good idea to come up with a list of questions before you leave for your trip and pull it out when the moment is right.

If eating in the car is a house no-no, this is probably the time to at least temporarily lift that ban. Snacks can keep your children happy. Happy children make traveling by car far more pleasant. It may also help if your child is able to have their favorite pillow or blanket. That is a plus with traveling by car, allowing you the opportunity to take along comfort items.

The great thing about traveling by car is that your children can be entertained with portable DVD players. If you have more than one child, you can eliminate the argument of what they are going to watch by having more than one DVD player.

Of course, you also can't go wrong with packing a suitable travel bag.