Traveling with your kids: Are we there yet?

Don't leave home without wet wipes.

  • Even if you don't have any kids in diapers they are great for cleaning up messes along the way. Your little ones may even enjoy playing cleanup with them. Who knows, your car may be cleaner when you reach your destination than when you left home.
  • Bring along a road map for each child. Together, before the trip, trace your route with a highlighter. Then you can turn the tables, asking them, "Are we there yet?"

Don't Leave Home Without It: Trip Checklist for Your Car

  • Spare tire (properly inflated)
  • Jumper cables
  • Can of tire inflator and sealant
  • Reflective "space blanket"
  • First-aid kit (check prior to the trip)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Paper towels
  • Window cleaner
  • Unopened cans of motor oil, antifreeze and brake fluid
  • Proper jack and lug wrench for your car (know how to use it)
  • Small set of tools -- be sure to include screwdrivers, pliers, and at least one adjustable wrench
  • Extra fuses
  • Emergency signaling device, such as reflective triangles or lite sticks
  • Cell phone
  • Baby wipes
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellant
  • Identification, registration and insurance cards.
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