5 Tips for Holiday Road Trips

by Jennifer Sikora

With the holidays around the corner, many families will be piling into cars, vans, and trucks for hours on end to make the annual family holiday road trip. I’ve never had to travel during the holidays before but this year, because of our move, I will be joining the ranks.

I definitely do not want to spend that time breaking up fights with the kids or arguing with the husband, so here are some much needed tips that I intend on implementing during our trip home this year.

5 Tips for Holiday Road Trips

1. Make a Road Trip Playlist

Thankfully everyone in our family loves Christmas songs, but not a lot of the older tunes, so it is my job this year to create a holiday play list complete with everyone’s favorite songs. I made them each write down 3 songs they wanted to hear and I will be in charge of getting them loaded.

2. Pack each person an “Essentials Bag”

An essentials bag is kind of like a small backpack that each person keeps beside them in the vehicle. Inside, each person will keep with them what they might need. For kids, this would include toys, games, coloring books, crayons. For older ones like my teens, this would include ipods, readers, netbook (notice the trend in electronics here?), charger cords, napkins, tissues, etc. For adults –everything is necessity, so pack the kitchen sink!

3. Snacks are a must

Never go on a road trip without being prepared with snacks. I hate buying all those junk snacks when we stop for gas, so I take the time to prepare snack bags for each family member before we leave. Peanut butter and crackers, fruit, trail mix, dark chocolate — the stuff that will get you by until you actually stop for some real food. By doing this, not only are you helping them to make better choices about what they are eating, but your wallet will thank you too!

4. Be prepared for upset stomachs

It never fails when we go on trips that someone is always getting sick to their stomach. If you are traveling down the highway in large traffic jams, you cannot just whip the car over and allow that child or person to take care of business. Always make sure to carry some extra bags in the car for those moments when you cannot get them to the bathroom in time. Your car and riders will thank you tremendously.

5. Always plan out your trip before starting out on any adventure

Anytime we ever go on a trip, I always make sure to map out our route on my phone using the VZ Navigator (even though my hubby uses the GPS we have, I like to have a backup). VZ Navigator is a navigation app with features school zone and speeding alerts, gas prices, and reliable real-time traffic. VZ Navigator also has natural language voice guidance, which uses traffic lights and number of streets instead of feet or meters, to provide a safer driving experience.

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This post is part of a promotional campaign with VZ Navigator. All opinions expressed are our own.

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Jennifer is the Advertising and Communications contact here at 5 Minutes for Mom. When she is not busy answering emails here, you can find her sharing about her life on her own blog at www.jennifersikora.com. You can also find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennifer_sikora or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jenandherfinelife.

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1 Joey Ambrose December 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm

This is very timely as we’re heading to Disneyland in a few weeks with a car full. Love the “essentials” bag – great idea!

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