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The Do’s and Don’ts of Family Road Trips – Travel Channel

The Do’s and Don’ts of Family Road Trips – Travel Channel


[music playing] A couple of weeks ago,
we were on a road trip back from upstate. And she ended up puking
all over the place. He was crying and crying. And we didn’t know
where to stop. He screamed the whole way
that he wanted his shoe on, then he wanted his shoe off. We put the shoe on. Then he’d scream
he wanted it off. Road trips can be very
difficult, long, and hard. But they’re also
special opportunities to bond with your kids. You don’t get time like this. The thing about
a road trip is, it’s one of the best
ways is for the journey to be part of the trip. I like road trips because
we can pack everything you need in the trunk. Everything’s accessible. You have to make
sure to be prepared. Whatever you think
you need, put extra. Don’t assume that because I’m
in the road, I’m going to find. Assume you’ll find nothing
on the road that you need. Bring it along with you. Be a self-contained unit. All you have to
do is plan ahead. You need to make sure that
you have food for the journey. You need to make sure
that you have the music. You need to have the games. These things that you can
so easily plan ahead for can turn what could be tense
hours together into just a great vacation in itself. How far is too far
for us for a road trip? We’ve always kept
them smaller road trips, because we’re too
scared to find out. How long is too
long a road trip? You know your kids. Don’t go past their limits. Something that I do
when I road trip is to try to plan ahead based
on how long the trip is going to be and have something to do
every hour of the journey in case we just get
sick of the road. It’s kind of boring
being in the car. And there’s not
that many things you can do in that little space. I couldn’t get out
of the seat all day. And it’s boring to
look out the window. Keeping kids occupied during
a road trip is a real challenge. But it can also be
a real opportunity to build your family. Don’t fall back on the obvious–
the modern conveniences of tablets and so forth. Sing songs together. Tell stories. Plan also that there
will be some quiet time. And everybody just wants to
be quiet in their own space. That gives everybody a rest
and lets everybody recharge for the rest of the trip together. When we take a
trip especially, we try to make it real
quality time where we’re spending fun time with Skyler. Look at it as an
opportunity as a family, not just a drag on the road. This is an exciting time for
these children in this car. So use it. It’s a great chance to be
a really creative parent.


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