5 Tips For Surviving Family Trips
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The whole point of a road trip is to have fun getting to where you're going. With kids, it takes a little planning(if a Car Dvd installed) and some sanity-saving gadgets.

Kids have short attention spans, they are strapped into confining (and safe!) car seats and they have to pee all the time. They're bound to get so bored or antsy they'll kick the backs of your chairs.But you still want the convenience of driving your car and the freedom of the open road.

The next tip involves some basic human needs.

Is it time for a pit stop?

-Make frequent stops

It is strictly forbidden by the international law of car trips to go to the bathroom in a small container inside your vehicle. Do not turn your ride into a restroom on wheels. Too gross.

Get to the nearest rest stop or gas station, where you can fill up the gas tank and bend your body out of its sitting shape.

Road-tripping is a good time to indulge in some snacks you might otherwise avoid. If you never take the kids for fast food, maybe let them have a burger and fries on the road or grab a candy bar.

Or keep it healthy by bringing some carrot sticks and sandwiches, but stop for a cold bottle of water or something to drink.

Sure you can eat and drink in the car, but it's fun to get a yummy snack or a fresh drink when you're stopped anyway.

But be careful, you don't want to see those nibbles coming back up again.

Road tripping with kids can be fun, if you follow some simple tips and plan ahead.

The next road trip necessity is sure to keep the young 'uns quiet for hours.

Can we roll the video, please?

In-car DVD player

-Bring videos along for the ride

This is essential. Kids will ask a billion times "are we there yet?" but if you plug them in to a video, they're blissfully quiet for hours.

You could even use a laptop with movies or kids' shows on it. Or an iPod or iPad -- basically anything that plays videos and can use headphones.

Some kids love to watch a video over and over so even a 30-minute show can get you 90 miles down the road. Or a feature-length film will be golden.

It's really just sick how genius this is. You can install an Android 2 din car stereo if your big-ol SUV doesn't have a built-in one. It's worth every single penny.


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