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5 Tips for the Perfect Family Road Trip

Summer is coming, and for our family that means road trips. Believe it or not, we as a family really enjoy travelling by car. It's just so easy. There is room to bring everything we want, and it makes it easy to travel without two dogs. What I have learned over the years though is that a successful road trip comes down to a few simple tips. We hope that you enjoy our 5 Tips for the perfect family road trip.

It's critical to plan the travel portion of your road trip.  Beyond the route that we are going to take, I look for interesting places to see along the drive. What I have found is that when travelling with kids, it's important to break up the drive with little pit stops. I try to find interesting little towns or state parks that will make for a fun side adventure. By breaking up the trip in this way, none of the kids get that cranky “I've been in the car too long” attitude. For my husband and myself, having a plan with stops relieves stress.

1. Lay out the plan before you go (and get buy-in)

Let your child take part in the planning process if they are old enough. If you are going to take a road trip, show the kids on a map where you are going and how you are getting there. Show them the little stops that you have found along the route, and maybe challenge them to find a few stops that they would like to see. Involving the kids in the planning process creates excitement and anticipation for the trip. The kids are eager and happy to get in the car and hit the road. Remember, on a road trip happy kids equals happy parents!

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2. Keep everyone entertained

No matter how you plan it, most road trips will involve at least a few back to back hours of drive time. The best way to deal with this is to bring along a little entertainment. Have the kids bring a favorite book or game. For our family, we really like the Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet. They start at $99.00, which is pretty cheap for a tablet. The kids can load books, games, and movies onto the tablet for the long drive (just remember to pack some headphones). Even better, the tablets are about as kid proof as possible.

They feature a soft protective case that is perfect for little hands. Additionally, the Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet also features something called Amazon FreeTime mode. This mode allows you the parent control over what you child views and does with the tablet, so as you are driving you can be sure that your kids are watching and playing age appropriate content. It is also important to note that the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited mode content is available to download to the device, meaning there is no need for wifi while on the road.

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The Amazon Fire Kids Edition Tablet comes in two flavors. The Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet Has a 7” display, 16 GB of storage, kid-proof case and is regularly priced at $99.99. Then there is the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, which features an 8” HD Display, 32 GB of storage, and a kid-proof case. The HD model is regularly priced at $129.99. Both tablets feature Amazons 2-year worry-free guarantee: if they break it, return it and Amazon will replace it for free. No questions asked. 

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3. Take lots of breaks

Kids are restless, and tend to need lots of potty breaks when on a road trip. I have found that it is best to just accept this as fact. I don't fight it. Instead, I build lots of stops into the road trip plan. This keeps meltdowns to a minimum, and really just makes the road trip itself a fun experience. The key here is to make the drive just as interesting and fun as the destination. Little stops along the way to take in the sights really makes the drive fun, and you just might make some cherished memories.

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4. Let your child pack their bag

Now we don't let the kids pack without any guidance at all, but we do involve them in the process. We will let them know how many outfits they need, and then the kids go and pick out clothes for the trip. This creates a sense of involvement and buy-in for the upcoming trip, and it teaches kids the practical skill of packing. They will learn just how much room their suitcase has, forcing them to decide which items to bring and what to leave at home.

5. Don't forget the snacks

And finally, tip number 5 of our 5 tips for the perfect family road trip is this… We always make sure to bring a little cooler on our road trips. Before leaving the house, we fill it with snacks, fruits, and drinks. This is a lifesaver when your little ones announce they are hungry 30 minutes into the ride. Be sure to stock up, and maybe allow each child to pick a snack that they would like to bring.

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Road trips can be a really wonderful way to vacation and see the country. Just remember, a stress free road trip takes a little planning on the front end. Following these 5 Tips for the perfect family road trip will help to ensure that your trip will be fun and stress free. Happy Driving!

This 5 Tips for the Perfect Family Road Trip #RTAmazonKET post is sponsored by Amazon. All opinions are my own. 

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  1. Great tips! We will be on the road several times this summer and I’ve become a pro at packing what we need. I have a list already made that we check off so we don’t forget anything and we start the process two to three days ahead of time so we aren’t packing last minute.

  2. Perfect tips! We haven’t done a family road trip since my son was little – and it was so much easier than I expected!

  3. My youngest has had an Amazon Fire tablet for kids for several years. I love it because I dont have to worry about the content he is viewing. We always take the fire and car chargers/charger on our road trips. With teens working now, its hard to go on road trips.

  4. Ruth I.

    We are going on a road trip this coming June and these will come in handy! Thank you for these awesome tips!

  5. My 11yr old packs his own bag now. He has a list of what he needs and how many and grabs what he wants. My youngest. Well, we try doing the “you need 4 pairs of pants and 4 shirts” and it always ends up with her whole pajama drawer in her suitcase and nothing else.

  6. Great tips! We just came back from a 16 day roadtrip with 5 kids. The entertainment kept my sanity. 🙂

  7. Excellent tips! We often road trip from Arizona to California and have it down to an art. However, with that comes our ever evolving children always changing up their snack preferences, attention spans and seat preferences. It’s always great to incorporate time for spontaneous stops and breaks!

  8. I had a snack bag with a bunch of pre-packaged snacks ready to go. I kept them all in an easy access bag and it kept big bags from getting dumped.

  9. Great tips for the road trip that we all need to take this summer. It is best to involve the kids in all the choices of places to go and what they wear.

  10. These sound like some great tips! A road trip can be such hard work and so keeping everyone happy is a big thing, I love the kindle for kids such a good idea.

  11. Dogvills

    These are all great pieces of advice. When my kids were little, there were no tablets or smartphones to keep them busy while we went on a road trip. We did have a portable CD player so they can watch movies. We also packed drawing pads and crayons so they can make “masterpieces.”

  12. These are awesome tips! Snacks and entertainment always work for my kids.

  13. Very awesome tips for families who are planning to go on a road trip this summer! It’s really important that you have everything you need and when you have the kids with you, entertainment and snacks are a must!

  14. Kiwi

    I think letting the kids pack their own bag is a good tips. Plus it will help them as an adult do you know how many adults I know still dont know how to compact their luggage properly?

  15. I like these ideas and I could definitely use a fun family road trip sometime this summer. There are so many places I want to visit.

  16. Kathy

    I think these are all such really good tips. Road trips are always the best with family. We usually take something with to keep the kids busy and we always have snacks available too.

  17. We’re actually going on a roadtrip really soon so these are tips I’ll have to take into consideration. That tablet is definitely something I will check out with my husband! My son would love it.

  18. We have the Kindles for travel and they are a necessity! We hit the road here again soon and can’t wait!

  19. I take a lot of road trips with the family and it can get a little crazy! I’m definitely going to try out these tips for the next trip we take.

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