5 Tips for Road Trip Success

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Summer tends to be that time where you hit the road for that family vacation. The car ride can be something that many parents dread, but if you plan ahead and come armed with an arsenal activities – you won’t get the “are we there yet” question as often! We went on a road trip this summer for 10 days. These 5 Tips for Road Trip Success is what helped make my life easier! 5 tips for Road Trip success | realmomkitchen.com

1. Snacks

Ya gotta have snacks to help keep everybody happy. Nothing is worse than a hungry grumpy traveler. It works best if you can have individually portioned out snacks. You can buy them this way or make your own using small zipper baggies. Some of out favorite road trip snacks include granola bars, string cheese, crackers, pretzels, fruit,and trail mix. On the less healthy side, my family likes Starbursts (Fav Reds), Skittles, licorice, Hi-Chews, and any kind of M&M’s.

road trip containers | realmomkitchen.com   You also want a good way to store the snacks like in a car organizer, tote with compartments, or a plastic container with compartments and a lid.

2. Music

Music is a must. You can rely on the good old radio, cds or your iPod. Have everyone make a play list of their own and rotate through the playlists. You can assign an hourly DJ to be in charge of cds or radio stations you play. 3. Movies – Bring a portable DVD player. You can always find a Red Box for a new movie if needed (most McDonalds have them).

Or load up your electronic devices with movies. We have found this challenging with low memory on many of our devices but have found a great solution that is much cheaper than buying a device with more memory. We tested out the Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB Cloud Storage. seagate memory for road trips | realmomkitchen.com  It allows you to store all the movies you want and then stream them from the device with it’s own built-in wifi. No need for data use! You can stream up to 3 HD movies at a time. This way everyone can be happy watching their own movie on their tablet, iPod, etc. Just make sure the file you place on the Seagate is a type of file your device can read. Usually you need the Digital Copy of the movie or you need to use software to create a digital copy of your DVD. Also, don’t forget earbuds for each person.

4. Activities

This can be done in many ways. I love to have each person have a backpack with their own items. However, it can be a community backpack or they can always trade items with in their individual backpacks.

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5. Books

This can be good old paper books, digital books or audio books. You could pick an audio book that the whole family can listen to. I am a member of Good Reads and they have a great list of “Best of” audio books. My daughter personally loves the Allie Finkle Series. My boys always love Hunger Games or Michael Vey.

Visit your local library to check these out before you hit the road. I also love Paperback Swap. You swap books for have with others for books that are new to you. Amazon is great for audio books if you get the kindle version. They are usually around $5 which is a lot cheaper that the $25+ for the cds.

Feel free to leave any additional tips that you may have! I would love to hear how you survive the road trips!

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