When I was young we went on vacation every summer. Each of these vacations was a road trip, although I never thought of them that way at the time. It was just vacation and of course we were going to get there in a car. I was in college before I had ever even been on a plane! I found these summer vacations fun, but the agony of getting there and getting home was my least favorite part. I would get car sick if I tried to read and my parents controlled the radio so I couldn’t even listen to my favorite tunes. Ah, how times have changed…
Now the various members of my family have portable game systems, dvd players and iPods to keep them entertained. Boy, I sure do wish we had those when I was little! Now during every trip-from a 2 hour drive to the beach or a 12 hour drive to Disney World-is packed with entertainment.
Emily Kaufman, “The Travel Mom,” has the following recommendations to help with the family road trip:
- Create a boredom bag. Convert a hanging travel cosmetic case into a case full of fun and hang it from the seat back in front of the kids’ seats. Consider creating fun works of art with Twizzlers Pull ‘n’ Peel Candy before snacking on them.
- Take your trip “online.” From GPS systems to phone applications, trips are no longer a navigation nightmare.
- Think through the snacks you pack. Avoid packing snacks that are easy to spill like juice boxes or snacks that melt. Try plastic bottles with sports tops and bring along Twizzlers Candy or Twizzlers Nibs Candy – they are easy to share and don’t melt, making them the perfect car ride treat.