trial run at home before trying it on the road.
During the trip
If possible, try to stay flexible about your plans and your schedule.
If the kids are well-behaved or sleeping, you might put in some extra miles. If they’re getting a little restless and cranky, you can spend a little extra time at a rest stop or city park along the way.
You can head off some of that restlessness by taking frequent stops. If you bring along some toys like balls, Frisbees, or jump ropes, the kids can discharge a little extra energy.
Food and drinks can be a great distraction in the car, and they have a proven ability to help turn around foul moods. Pack some healthy snacks like crackers, cereal in sandwich bags, pretzels, fruit, and juice boxes. You’ll probably have to give the car a good vacuuming when the trip is over but it will be worth it.
Be sure to bring along plenty of other diversions. Favorite CDs can really help the miles fly by. Coloring books and small toys can be a big help, too.
If your kids are old enough, try a game of 20 questions or I Spy. Your parents undoubtedly used this strategy on you during a long-ago road trip. Now it’s your turn to keep the tradition alive.
Car rides with children can be tough, but with the right amount of preparation; you can get through without too many complications.