TIPS FOR TAKING A ROAD TRIP WITH KIDS - ST. LOUIS, MO

The holidays will be here before we know it and many Americans will be taking to the roads to go visit friends and family members. If you are planning to take a road trip this holiday season with your children, it is important to keep a few tips in mind. The following tips can help keep your entire family safe, happy and comfortable during your road trip this holiday season.

·         Come prepared: One of the ways you can ensure a more enjoyable road trip with your kids is to come prepared. Be sure to pack plenty of games and snacks to help keep your children occupied while you travel to your destination. You can also dress your children in comfortable clothing for the car ride to ensure they are content and relaxed.

·         Plan the route: It is recommended to map out the route you are going to take before hitting the road. Even if you plan to use a GPS, it is best to have a paper map handy with the route mapped out in case of an emergency. In addition, you should also check traffic and weather conditions before getting on the road to ensure you won't run into potential problems.

·         Take plenty of breaks: It is very important to give your kids time to get out and stretch their legs during road trips. Be sure to plan to stop approximately every three hours for food, bathroom and stretching breaks. Consider stopping at rest stops where there are safe, grassy areas available for children to run around and release some energy before getting back into the car. Doing so can help reduce the chances of them becoming antsy later in the road trip.

·         Don't forget the emergency kit: Having an emergency kit in your vehicle is essential to any road trip. Be sure that you have an emergency kit readily available should a potentially hazardous situation arise. Items to include in your emergency kit include blankets, batteries, flashlights, water, a first-aid kit, a cell phone and charger, and your family's emergency contact list.

Be sure to keep these tips in mind as you embark on a road trip with your family this holiday season to ensure everyone has an enjoyable, relaxing time.

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