Real Solutions: 20 Smart Ways to Make Traveling with Kids Enjoyable

8. Treat them to something new
"I make sure my kids have something new like an activity book and some new colored pencils. (I don't like crayons; they make such a big mess and can melt in summer.) Things that don't work for my crew are toys with pieces and books to read individually. They just lose all the pieces all over the car and can't seem to get into the book with the distraction of everyone else so close by."

9. Play games
"My children are all grown up now but they still remember playing the alphabet game, the license plate game and I Spy. When they were younger, we played them as a team composed of the entire family. As they got older they each played the alphabet game separately and competitively. We always played the license plate game as a family. One year we even got 47 states during a one-week vacation in Maine."

10. Factor in exercise
"We always bring along a ball of some sort when we take long car trips. That way, when we stop for a break, the kids have an activity to burn some of their pent up energy."
11. Invest in a TV/VCR
"Last year we bought a TV/VCR for our van, and it was one of the best purchases we've ever made. The only problem is trying to agree on a movie, but taking turns works. I can plug earphones in for the kids so my husband and I can listen to the radio. We don't drive anywhere over one hour away without it!"

12. Bring two of everything
"This leaves no room for arguing over a Magnadoodle or coloring book."

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