Thursday, November 8, 2012

Frugal Family Tree: Holiday Traveling Tips #kiaholidays

As the holidays approach and you start planning your holiday road trip to visit family and friends or a long awaited family vacation, there are so many planning details to keep in mind. When my family took a vacation this summer there was so much planning and so many details involved because we were taking a road trip. I knew it was going to be tough all those hours in the car with three small children, but I also knew that with plenty of snacks and entertainment we would eventually make it to our destination! Here are a few things I did and learned along the way and would like to share with you:

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1. Pack snacks, snacks and more snacks. I don't know about your kids but mine eat 24/7 and being stuck in the car is no different then being at home. In fact I was feeding them more food and snacks to keep them busy and happy on our long drive. I am kind of a freak about letting them eat in the car, the choking hazard and unease about not being able to get to them quick enough if they were choking if they did gives me anxiety. But I was able to find snacks and foods that eased my anxiety and the boys enjoyed the fun snacks.

2. Electronic gadgets and crayons are equally important! When on our road trip the boys enjoyed plenty of movies on their DVD players, if they are stuck in one place for hours why not let them watch a movie? Crayons, markers, coloring books and stickers are just as handy. To change things up they would color on paper as well as themselves, my 2 year old went to town on his body with the markers but at least he was entertained!

3. Stop at as many rest stops or parks as your time allows. The boys would start to get a little cranky and crazy after a couple of hours, when that would happen we pulled over and let them get out to stretch their legs. Getting their wiggles out and running around on the grassy area really helped out.

4. A comfortable vehicle is a must. Having a technology savvy car is a nice luxury to have and can really help out. It would have been nice to have a GPS, we would have used it more times then I can count! #kiaholidays

Will you be taking a holiday road trip this season? What are your must have road trip snacks?

* This post was written in partnership with our friends at Kia.


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