• Create a "Boredom Bag" for each child, with age-appropriate toys such as crayons, activity books and electronic games.
• Pack a baking sheet in the back pocket of the seat, which the kids can use as a desk for coloring or as a tray for snacks and mealtimes.
• Don't forget the comfy favorites like pillows, blankets and stuffed animals so the kids can feel comfortable napping in the car.
• When the kids start to get a little anxious, play word games and reward them with little trinkets, stickers or goodies from your "Surprise Bag."
• Help small children select special toys that are appropriate for car travel and make sure they pack a blankie for nighttime.
• Make the most of your stops by choosing locations that allow you to grab snacks, get a cup of fresh coffee or a cold soda, give everyone a bathroom break and gas up the car at the same time.
• Take advantage of convenient time-savers such as Speedpass™, which can be used at Exxon and Mobil gas stations and On the Run® convenience stores across the country. It lets you quickly pay for gas or convenience store items with the wave of your hand, so you can get what you need and be on your way in a flash.
A road trip is a great opportunity to create family memories-it's about the journey, not just the destination. You can relish the quality time together and build memories that will last for years to come.
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Emily Kaufman, The Travel Mom.