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Tip of the week: How to survive road trips with kids

Plan the route together; Keep the car cozy; Put them to work; Hit the brakes

Plan the route together. Little travelers “feel more invested if they share some control over the itinerary.” Be sure to involve them in the research and “play to their interests.” For example, if your son enjoys baseball, catch a game or visit a legendary stadium.

Keep the car cozy. “Make room for creature comforts,” such as pillows, blankets, and “familiar playthings.” Keep them organized in backpacks and make each child responsible for his or her stuff.

Put them to work. “Tasks make kids feel important.” Divvy out assignments along the way, whether it’s punching in addresses on the GPS or keeping track of the next rest stop.

Hit the brakes. Divide the drive into “manageable segments” and be sure to make pit stops. Slight detours are what “make a road trip so much more than just a long drive.”

Source: Travel + Leisure

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