Staying Healthy and Happy While Traveling with Kids

We just returned from a major road trip, a trip I’ve been planning for the past twelve months. Some of my friends give me a (loving) hard time about planning every minute, right down to when I’ll do laundry and when I’ll “relax.” It’s true that I like to be prepared- to “expect the unexpected”- and that’s because I’ve learned from my mistakes. Over the years, I’ve learned what works to keep my family healthy and happy while traveling. Here are eight rules I follow while traveling with my family:


My New 2018 Chevy Equinox

Over ten years. Almost 193,00 miles. All around the country. My 2007 Chevy Equinox served me well. I loved that car. I regret not taking more pictures with it at stops along our road trips. That car saw a lot of the American landscape.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say the car was a member of the family, but it did protect and serve my family for a long time.

So, after lots of saving, planning for our largest (to date!) summer road trip for 2018, and seeing great incentives from Chevrolet, my husband and I decided to purchase a new car.

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10 Items to Bring on a Road Trip

If you have not noticed by now, I like to be prepared. As much as possible. I often overplan. I’ve shared some tips for how to pack a suitcase and how to pack a car, but recently I read an article from Real Simple (Cash- Saving Hacks for Everyone Vacation, June 2017) ,one of my favorite magazines, that reminded me of some things I like to purchase ahead of time. Buying these items before I leave home helps me avoid running to a grocery store or pharmacy in the middle of an adventure, or late at night:

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