-keep plenty of snacks and water on hand. Dried and fresh fruit, trail mix, sandwiches,jerky, crackers, frozen yogurt tubes are some of our favourites. This will save money by avoiding having to stop to buy food too! Bring a cooler bag for refrigerated items. Bring snacks that don't normally buy, we have a tradition of bringing along cheese strings. These and other snacks such as cheerios for little ones can keep them occupied too!
-entertainment- MP3 and DVD Players, music, books on tape, books, toys, games, crayons and colouring books. We love Colour Wonder books for younger children. A Magna Doodle or Aqua Book would be good too. Giving each child their own backpack will help keep things organized.
-Shorten up your trip by planning to drive partway to final destination. We will be doing this and the nice part is you can stop to do some sightseeing and spend time exploring the place you stay overnight and relax before hitting the road to finish trip.
-stop before the kids (or you) have a meltdown. If you see a nice scenic lookout pullover, and it's been a couple hours, pull over and stretch for a few minutes.
-don't forget to pack for Mom and Dad. Bring things to help you relax you, music, books on tapes, your favourite snacks.
-Bring along a few surprises (you can even wrap them to surprise them even more) -lollipops,stickers, markers, small toys, etc.
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