Is a road trip with your family on your bucket list? Whether you’re exploring a national park, a metropolitan area or heading to the beach, follow these recommendations from the professionals and your trip is sure to be a huge success, filled with memories to enjoy for years to come.

Planning is the key to success. If you’ve decided to reach your destination by car, have your car serviced and tires checked.  A highway breakdown is a sure fire way to wreak havoc on your plans. Clean the interior and exterior of the car as well as the windows.  If you’ll be travelling with small children, place rubber mats over the carpet mats for protection. Outline your route with one of the many Apps available.  Allow extra time for traffic approaching large metropolitan areas. Consider starting your journey at night so the children can sleep for a better part of the trip. Elect this option only if there are two drivers that can rotate every two hours.

Enlist the children in selecting activities for the car trip. Word games, I spy games and color games are all great options. Endless streaming of videos and videos games will ensure very cranky children upon arrival. Give special consideration to the snacks and drinks for the trip. Limit overly sugary items and select healthy options instead.

Booking your accommodations well in advance will allow for the greatest selection. Take advantage of the awesome savings offered by Groupon coupons and consider booking a private home. Especially with small children, you’ll welcome the space and flexibility of a home over a hotel room. Prices are often comparable to hotels and can offer many amenities. From single rooms, to city apartment to beachfront mansions, most any type of accommodation can be found on Having a private dining table allows for long, relaxing evenings with your family.  This is where memories will be made! Many private homes for rent are near public transportation. When exploring a new city, this is often a great choice for heading to the city center without stressing about traffic and parking. Enjoy your trip!

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