TRAVELING

9 must-haves for a holiday road trip

 

dmedina@MiamiHerald.com

Whether you’re going on a cross-country road trip or just a short journey to grandma’s house, chances are you’re going to be on the road a lot.

Here’s a survival guide on how to keep your family safe, happy, and comfortable on the road this holiday season:

1. If you’re traveling with kids, it’s important to pack their favorite books, movies and small games to keep them occupied. A change of clothes would also be recommended for those inevitable spills and leaks.

2. Wherever you’re headed, make sure to check the weather forecast beforehand and often.

3. All families are different but we all know our family’s limits. Be sure to stop early and often at rest stops along the way.

4. Food: the most important part of a family road trip. Pack car-friendly foods that don’t make messes. Speaking of messes, pack a few wipes to minimize your chance of a car full of ants.

5. A first-aid kit is essential for those clumsy kids who can’t seem to stay still. An abundance of motion sickness medicine is also suggested for long car rides.

6. In case of roadside emergencies, it’s important to have supplies just in case something goes horribly wrong. In addition to a car emergency kit, a flashlight and new batteries are recommended.

7. Bring a car charger for cellphones and electronic devices. And no texting and driving.

8. Music is a huge part of a successful road trip. Your little ones will not appreciate ‘80s hairbands, guaranteed. Create a playlist with music the whole family enjoys so everyone can sing along.

9. When the youngsters get tired, have something for them to sleep on; being latched to a seat belt isn’t the ideal sleeping position. Pack several blankets and pillows to keep them comfortable.

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