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10 Road Trip Hacks For Traveling With Small Kids

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Christmas is coming up, so you know what that means: road trips to see the family! If you’re lucky enough to have your family close by, then you don’t have to worry about the stressful holiday travel. But a lot of us pack up the car with green bean casserole and Christmas gifts and head off in search of a nice family bonding memory. And it WOULD be nice, if not for those meddling kids! Traveling long distances by car with kids is quite possibly one of people’s least favorite parts of parenthood. Kids always need a snack, or to pee, or are boooooooored. And this is all within the first 30 minutes on the road! So this holiday season, we will definitely be employing some of these road trip hacks. Hoping it affords us at least an hour of peace and quiet.

Road trip hacks for traveling with small kids cover a lot. Let’s start with every parent’s least favorite thing: THE SNACK.

child holding pretzels

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Here’s the thing with road trip snacks: they will start a fight, or they will create a mess the likes of which you’ve never seen. We all know that when kids are at home with all their belongings and a million things to do they will still complain about being bored. And that usually means they harass you endlessly for a snack. Kill two birds with one stone by giving each kid their own snack caddy with their favorite travel snacks. Make sure to pack enough to keep them from dying of hunger before your first pit stop. And keep your sanity for the trip.

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