Road Trip Tips

I just got these road trip sanity tips in my email today and since they compliment the cover story of the July 2007 issue of The Genre Traveler, I thought I’d pass the information along. Of course I’ve added my two bits to their tips, and edited out the blatant commercial they were pitching.

  • Keep some snacks on hand to curb those “I’m hungry!” chants. Bring small quantities of a variety of food to minimize multiple rest stop breaks.
    [Editorial note: Avoid sugary snacks or you’ll just have a bunch of hyped up kids in the car. Bring healthy snacks that don’t need refrigeration, such as fruit (fresh or dried), trail mix, granola bars, etc.]
  • Pack games that can be played on the road. Crossword puzzles, Soduku and other games that can be played with paper and pencil or have electronic versions are good choices.
    [Editorial note: Mad Libs is always a fun game and can involve the whole family.]
  • Keep supplies on hand such as a first aid kit, a tire jack, spare tire, and jumper cables — you never know when you’ll be in an emergency situation.
  • Bring a frisbee, football, or baseball and mitt for the kids to play around with while you have to make gas or bathroom stops. This will give antsy legs a chance to stretch.

These tips were brought to you by Franklin, and, of course, edited by yours truly.

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As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.