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We’ve all been there: the kids are fighting in the backseat, someone spilled chips all over the car floor, Dad took a wrong turn. Road trips can be a lot of fun, but it takes some planning to make sure they stay fun. Here are some recommendations for how to have a stress-free road trip and make sure the whole family is having fun.

Getting the right setup

It’s important to make sure the road trip is set up for success. Make sure your car has enough space and comfort, and if you’re looking for a new model, then make sure you choose a vehicle that will fit your family’s needs. Before you leave for the trip, make sure your car is clean and well packed. This means getting snacks, games, and some extra pillows.

Take some time choosing which snacks to bring along

Try to find as many healthy snack ideas as possible instead of filling the car with junk food. Also keep in mind that your kids will be eating in the car, so try to find snacks that don’t have as much potential to create a mess. Avoid things like applesauce which can easily spill, or foods like berries that might stain your children’s skin or the car’s upholstery.

Come up with creative game ideas

There are some go-to car games you might already know, like trying to find the alphabet on passing billboards or making acrostics out of license plates. You can also try games like twenty-questions or I spy. You could even play games like taboo, or if your kids aren’t prone to carsickness they can have drawing contests in the back seat. Another fun game is for each kid to pick something, like cows or semi-trucks, and count how many of these you pass from one town to the next. Whoever counts the most is the winner.

Road trips are long, but with enough preparation you can get your kids involved and keep them entertained for the entire drive. Road trips don’t need to be a disaster; they can be a fun memory for your entire family.

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