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Your idea of a good time may not be surviving a holiday road trip with your children but it’s better than the alternative. When I was a child, my parents made the trip from Connecticut to Vermont numerous times to visit my grandparents. I was far from a country girl at that time and remember looking out the window wondering if I was ever going to see anything besides cows and trees. In between asking my parents repeatedly how much longer it would be until we got there, I argued with my sister who insisted on putting her foot on my side of the car and looking out my window. I’m sure that my parents had the most wonderful time in the world during our holiday road trips.
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Surviving a holiday road trip with your children
- Bring snacks & drinks. Kids of all ages are happier with a snack and a beverage while traveling. To make it easy on you, make it a mess free snack that won’t leave crumbs everywhere in the car and a juice box that cannot be spilled. Goldfish crackers are a great choice in my house.
- Let them bring their mp3 players. If I hear one more argument about who got to pick the last song on the radio, I may lose my mind. Plus, I have no desire to listen to the latest rap song 492 times on the way to my parent’s house. With their mp3 players or iPods, I have quiet.
- For younger children, bring a busy box or lap book to keep the entertained. When my kids were little, they could entertain themselves forever opening and closing flaps, undoing buttons and trying to tie bows. As teenagers, they seem to have lost this skill.
- Remember the classic road games. We used to love playing “A my name is Anna” and “I’m going on a picnic” when we traveled.
- Plan several stops if you have a long trip so younger children can run around and everyone can use the rest rooms.
- Remember plenty of face wipes or a damp cloth to keep sticky fingers clean. Stow a stocked first aid kit in the glove box just in case.
What are your best tips for surviving a holiday road trip with your children?
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