Tips for Planning a Last Minute Roadtrip with Your Family    
Sometimes we have weeks to plan and prepare for a trip. However, some of the best trips are the ones we throw together quickly and hit the open road. So this summer, if you are looking to getaway for a few days but you don't have a lot of time to plan and pack, here are a few tips to make it all work.   

  • Instead of packing every piece of clothing, have a spare set of clothes, bathing suits, or pajamas packed in a plastic freezer bag. This way your entire family can quickly change depending on what is happening, and you won't have to pull out all of the suitcases to find what you need. 
  • Make sure everyone in your family has headphones for their electronics. You can grab an inexpensive pair for everyone for under five dollars. This will save everyone's sanity because no one will have to listen or compete with other family member's videos or shows.
  • If you are traveling late at night or early in the morning, keep kids who aren't' sleeping entertained with glow in the dark toys. You can stock up on these items at the dollar store and they will be a ton of fun on long car rides. 
  • For older kids, use landmarks, road signs, and other vehicles as part of a scavenger hunt. 
  • Long car rides are hard on everyone. So consider breaking up the trip with a few extra stops. It may make getting to your location a little longer, but you'll have fun the entire way there. 
  • Use bathroom breaks and pit stops to gas up as opportunities to get everyone out of the car to stretch their legs and burn off some energy. 
  • Don't forget about the adults in the car. You need some entertainment too. Try downloading podcasts or audio books. If you can watch movies or shows while in the car, download a few before you go. Often we spend so much time planning activities for our kids that we forget that it's a long car ride for us too. 
  • Be sure to pack a few small bags to use as garbage bags or as a catch all for messes in the car.  You'll be happy to have them handy once you start out on your trip. 
  • Create milestone bags that are filled with snacks and small treats. As you hit each millstone-every two hours or every 100 miles-let everyone in the car indulge in the milestone bags. For just a few dollars, you can keep everyone happy and entertained with this simple idea.      

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