How To Make
Road Trips Fun
Plan age-appropriate vacations
Think about the developmental stage of your children and consider the personality of each child as well. "If you have a hyperactive toddler, planning a museum tour of Europe is probably not the best idea," says Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan, founder of Momaboard.com, a site dedicated to parents traveling with young children.
Neil Hastings, director of sales and marketing for Mountain Lodge Telluride says his mantra for family vacation fun is "prepare, prepare, prepare." Preparation can make a good vacation great and turn disappointment into fun (and keep meltdowns to a minimum!).
Bring a nice supply of healthy snacks in the car. With your own food, you'll save money and time-consuming fast-food stops. "And eating small, frequent meals throughout the day can put extra energy into active days and keep young ones much happier," adds Hastings.
Bottle it up
Stock up on metal thermos or drinking bottles for each child and keep them filled with fresh water. When vacationing – especially at high altitudes, in the sun or on a beach, it's easy to become dehydrated and not know it, cautions Hastings. Avoid plastic water bottles, which can be harmful after sitting in a warm car for too long.
Expect the unexpected
Build some flexibility into your schedule. "Yes, family vacations require some planning," says Bhojwani-Dhawan, but you also need to ensure that your schedule allows for unpredictable changes and inevitable kid delays."
Make pit stops
There's nothing worse than frantically looking for a place to go to the bathroom in an unfamiliar city. Before you head out on your next family road trip, the TENA Bathroom Finder is sure to come in handy. It's a website that quickly and accurately locates dozens of the nearest public restrooms.
Remember, it's a vacation, so loosen up a little, and keep in mind that the car trip itself is part of your journey... play games, take in the passing sites and enjoy!