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12 day family vay-cay, need help!!!

So my family and I are going on a trip from Southern NV to Louisiana (about 26 hr non stop. but with four boys and many stops, about 48 hrs). It is the first time in about 4 years we have taken a road trip, and the first time with little mike (who is 2 and don't enjoy long rides). I need tips suggestions any and everything that you can give me to make the trip as flawless as possible. and tips for the return. like sould we stay in the same hotel, do we need a GPS? ect. Thanks

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sdgd21

Asked by sdgd21 at 1:44 AM on Jun. 19, 2009 in Travel

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  • We have traveled A LOT with our kids ages between 16 months and 11 years. My best advice? Travel during the day. Go onto the AAA website, look for triptik to plan out the route for your trip. Find big towns along the way and look up a kid friendly activity to do in each town. Take a 2-3 hour break right in the middle of the day, when you can have lunch and go do something with the kids whether its a tourist attraction, small zoo, etc so the kids have something fun to look forward to each day. Plan out what activity you will do before you even leave by looking at the cities along the route and finding something to do in the bigger cities. Make sure you check that places' hours of operations, cost of admittance, etc so you are prepared. For the ride, take a portable DVD player, small inexpensive new toys, and snacks and juice boxes. Stop every 2 hours for restroom break or food. Kids will be more comfy that way. It's not bad!
    AprilDJC

    Answer by AprilDJC at 12:38 PM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • my parents always planned long road trips when i was little for night, because it ment alot less stops, and less fighting from us kids. If you are traveling during the day, i'd say take as many games you can play while being in a car. If the older kids have hand held game systems let them take those. http://www.gameskidsplay.net/games/mental_games/car_games.htm here a web site of some kind of games kids of all ages can play. Take snacks and drinks but limit the amount they drink in the car, considering it can cause many stops.
    vgiron

    Answer by vgiron at 1:58 AM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • as far as staying in the same hotel that far apart it won't be familiar to them so no biggie there.
    tips: the oldest i've traveled with has been 3 yrs so these go for that age group and below-keep a bouncy ball easy access to play with at rest stops, go to a fast food place or take food for lunches etc. and when you stop the grown ups eat while the kids play then the kids can eat in the car, this way you aren't just standing around ready to go while they are playing, and if you make them eat then play the rest stops will be longer. get a portable dvd player if you don't have one already, they are lifesavers. go get some cheap dollar store toys, books etc..and when they start to get anxious and done with the trip pull out a "cool new toy" for them to play with and keep them occupied for another 20 mins or longer. pack a small separate bag for the hotel this way you don't have to lug a bunch of bags in at night and out CONT
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 1:59 AM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • If you want to stay at the same hotel, write down the name of the state and hotel you stop at.
    vgiron

    Answer by vgiron at 2:02 AM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • first thing in the morning. take a bottle of juice and some snacks in a small cooler, you'll spend less at rest/gas stops on stuff for the kids this way. you can get a cheap $1 first aid kit at walmart, in case of scraped knees etc while playing, take sunscreen and bugspray that is easy to get to on the road. dress the kids in comfy clothes, not jeans etc...gym shorts and tshirts, take at least one change per child per day for in the car that is easy to get to that way if they spill or have an accident you don't have to route around in luggage. i pack a small suitcase w/toys and put it next to her car seat so she can reach them and we don't have to for her unless she drops something. when the little one gets anxious get in the back seat and make up games to play w/him. alot of people will say travel at night, however some kids don't do well w/that b/c it messes up schedules and they won't sleep in the car til they CONT
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 2:02 AM on Jun. 19, 2009

  • are exhausted, which means lots of whining etc til they pass out. i've taken 3 trips a year there and back since my daughter was 6 months old from VA to LA, or from MS to VA depending on where we lived at the time. so if you want any more tips or ideas or have any questions message me. as far as a GPS if you know the address of your final stopping point do a mapquest print it out and ask for hotels on the trip that way you can pick a middle point with a decent amount of hotels to stop at. you can also do a search for hospitals and write those names and phone numbers in case. for the rest/eat stops, you could also stop at a mcdonalds etc w/a playplace the kids can play while you eat then order their food as you are leaving that way it is still hot and they can eat in the car. those places also tend to have cleaner restrooms for changing diapers, and use diaper rash cream every change to prevent rash from long times between chan
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 2:07 AM on Jun. 19, 2009

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