A Good Road Service Plan Covers Everything But the Bored Kids

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A good road sevice policy can rescue you if you have a flat tire. A good road service plan will rescue you when you are mired in mud. One thing a road service plan is not likely to do is rescue you from bored children on a long road trip.

Here are some good ideas to keep in mind as you prepare for your family vacation.

1. Pace: allow enough time for rest stops. Two hours of car
time, then a break, makes a good pattern.
2. Pack: a special backpack or bag for each child, with crayons, books, toys, activity sets, stickers, handheld games.
3. Pack: some new wrapped surprises for little kids. But don’t give out all the loot at once!
4. Print out some simple games to play in the car — see link at right.
5. Play: a story for the whole family on the car stereo system; or bring individual players for your kids.
6. Play pint-sized board-games. Clue, Sorry, Trouble… are oldies but goodies.
7. Playrooms: Burger King and MacDonalds have great playrooms on major highways. Let the kids burn off energy while you order their food “to go” to eat later in the car.
8. Playgrounds: every school and most parks have them! Little limbs need to shake, rattle, and roll.
9. Picnics: buy the fixins’ at a deli or grocery store, find somewhere scenic where the kids can run around. You save money, too.
10. Potties: it’s worth bringing a training pottie, if your child has need-to-go-NOW emergencies.
11. Sleepy Time: kids fall asleep easily in the car, and a snooze can be a great way to let the miles fly by. Just be sure to allow lots of wakie-wakie time. Rousing a child from deep sleep because “we’re there now” is tough.
12. Rush: is a four-letter word when you Travel With Kids!


1. A tray– or a “travel desk” suspended from the back of the front seat– is handy, for any back-seat activity.
2. Pack LOTS of snacks, such as fruit leathers, crackers, juice packs, treats. Bring plastic cups; bandaids, a dishtowel; frisbee and ball for rest-stops; and baby-wipes no matter how old your kids are.
3. Once you have a couple of kids, costs for quenching a thirst can add up fast. Bring a small cooler, or insulated bag, for cold drinks. Buy giant-sized drinks; use plastic cups to share them out.

from About.com

Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2007 at 10:58 am In Road Service  

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