So, you're planning a trip. What's more, you know that the trip involves being trapped in a small space without a bathroom for a long period of time. Here are some tips to help you survive the miles, and maybe even enjoy the journey.

Know where you are going and how to get there

Our family isn't very good without directions; we've even managed to get lost following our very reliable GPS. On one trip we spent over an hour trying to find the entrance to the freeway. The longer it took to find the entrance, the more frustrated and cranky the passengers became. It wasn't a great way to start a ten hour drive.

Know when to turn around

Sometimes even the best laid plans can be foiled. When one of the children exhibits signs of a "stomach bug" less than a mile from the start of your journey, don't continue to drive. Turn around and make other plans. Otherwise by the end of your trip, everyone will have a "stomach bug" and your car will be a very unpleasant place to be.

Know your passengers

Does someone suffer from motion sickness and need to be placed up front? Do certain children need assigned seats away from each other? What is the best distraction for someone who has become whiny and bored? Preparation can help you avoid headaches down the road.

Know when to stop

Everyone needs to stretch their legs, get a snack, or use the restroom once in a while. Make sure to know places where you can do these things along the way. Have backups in case of an emergency. Be willing to listen to the needs of the passengers and be able to deviate from the plan in order to accommodate them.

Know how to make it fun

It's great if your vehicle has onboard entertainment and you can pick music and movies to help occupy everyone during your journey. But if you don't have those things, it's not the end of the world. There are other ways to keep everyone entertained:

Long road trips can be bearable if you're prepared. Find what works for your family and you'll enjoy your next trip much more. Happy Traveling.

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