Can you believe the world’s first cell phone was launched in 1983. It was the Motorola DynaTAC 800x. It was a foot long, priced at around $4,000, and lasted for 30 minutes of talk time before dying. If you were born before 1990, when you took a road trip it consisted of you, a pillow, and probably some snacks. If you were born closer to 2000, you could add a personal music playing devices. If you were born after 2000, you probably have the luxury of your own tablet to enjoy in the car.Let’s consider a road trip to be an hour or more of driving time.If possible, I have found it easier on the kids (not so much myself) to leave before nap time, later at night, or early in the morning to encourage sleeping in the car. Pack some age appropriate snacks: applesauce pouch, trail mix, chips,fresh fruit and vegetables, and water/juice, etc. If your trip is over five hours, remember you don’t have to limit yourself to just fast food,change it up by finding a local grocery store and look at the pre made food options.

Fighting off backseat boredom can be stressful during road trips and the tablet/smart phone can be a good way to distract kids of all ages and avoid the dreaded “are we there yet?”question.Our family favorite is car bingo, forces every one to look away from electronics and spend time spotting road signs, landmarks, and wildlife. You can purchase the game at most stores, online, or just download a printable version.Other timeless car games are license plate game and I spy.If time allows, we like to explore our surroundings and give everyone a much needed break from the car. The national park system offers families an affordable way to visit America's cherished landscapes, view wildlife in their natural habitat,learn about geological and cultural history, and appreciate the great outdoors.Theme parks are also fun to explore along the way, especially on a long summer road trip, added bonus, they will help with a goodnight of sleep.

Road trips are a popular way for many families to travel for vacations, and although they can be great for spending time with each other, too much time together can also take a toll on the📷family. Remember to plan ahead of time for routine breaks, over night breaks, and fun stops along the way. Unexpected outlet mall shopping happens sometimes too. Make sure the kids have some fun along the way so they don’t dread long car rides.

Look back for more information on how to make your family trips more cost effective, packing,and flying with children.

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