On the Road: Tips for Family Travel

It is estimated that 45% of us will take a road trip this summer for vacation. When you have kids on board, advanced planning can make the trip much more enjoyable. Here are our top ten tips:


  1. Clean Out the Car

The leftover winter gear and old Cheerios can go. Remember to pack anything you will need for emergencies or a stop-over where it can be easily reached.

  1. Have Your Car Serviced

Make sure the oil is changed, tires filled, etc. If you have a roadside assistance service, have that information handy.

  1. Ensure Car Seats are Installed Correctly

Seatbelts are a must – but also be sure you are using the right type of car seat for your child’s height, age and weight.

  1. Remember the Chargers for the Electronics

Chances are you’ll need the GPS. Bring car as well as AC chargers.

  1. Bring an Atlas

This will give the kids a chance to learn how to use a map and follow along as you travel.

  1. Prepare the Road Tunes

Teach your kids the classics – or learn some songs your kids love.

  1. Keep ‘Em Busy

Pack small books and toys for each child. Consider a container of itemss that are only for the car – so children will find them new.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Your 5 to 8 year old needs 5 glasses of water each day. Kids who are 9 to 12 need 7 glasses, and anyone over the age of 13 should be drinking at least 8 to 10 glasses each day.

  1. Pack the Snacks

Traveling on an empty stomach can make anyone cranky. ParentSavvy.com expert Dr. Ashley LeGrand-Rozovics from Methodist Physicians Clinic suggests a bag of goodies for each child. “Pack healthy snacks such as string cheese, veggies and hummus or fruit. Sugary snacks cause blood sugar spikes which lead to cranky kids – and stressed adults.”


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