Best Family Road-Trip Tips

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• "Give your children a roll of quarters. Every time they ask, 'How far?' or, 'Are we almost there?' they have to give you a quarter. It worked for our family." -- iVillager mld42

• "Buy a puzzle of the United States with the names of the states, and of course, the state capitals on the puzzle pieces. Have the kids build the puzzle and, as they place the pieces on the board, name the state and the capital. Have them look for cars with different license plates than their own and have them name the state, and then see if they can remember the state capital. This passes the time, keeps them occupied and most importantly, teaches them a little geography." -- iVillager hoguemi

• "Mom always had plenty of games to play in the car: finding all the letters of the alphabet on signs you pass on the road, "I'm going on a picnic and I'm going to bring ..." and going around the car and each person has to say something they would bring (in alphabetic order) and then list everything everyone had said before them. There's also a game where you name a theme and the first person names something that fits the theme. The next person has to think of something that fits and starts with the last letter of the thing the person before them said (e.g., world cities: BarcelonA, AtlantA, AustiN, New YorK...)." -- iVillager malia1976

• "Traveling during nap or when she is ready for bed is working for us now. When we have to put her in the car we take so many toys, coloring books cassettes, bubbles (no spill containers now available) and snacks. We also do a lot of singing, nursery rhymes and looking for airplanes, birds, colors of buses, cars, etc." --

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