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Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

One family plus hours cramped in the car or on an airplane can equal disaster. However, a few simple tips can help make the road a smooth one.

  • Keep yourself and your kids hydrated. If you're flying, this is especially important, since air in the plane becomes dry very quickly.
  • Make good use of the activities you included in your activities bag. A good game or puzzle may help to forestall kids' complaints. But beware of motion sickness -- some kids may not do well with reading or writing while moving.

If driving:

  • Take your time! If your little one starts getting whiny in the back seat of the car (asking the classic question, "Are we there yet?"), it may be time to take a break. Pull into the next rest area or park for a breather.
  • Pass the time with simple guessing games or sing-alongs.
  • Monitor traffic reports on the radio to avoid major jams. Many highways have signs indicating what frequency to turn to for specific advice.

If flying:

  • Show the kids how to monitor the progress of the plane on the in-flight television screen, present on many airplanes. Not only will they find it interesting, but you'll hear that dreaded phrase, "How much longer?" far less frequently.

The most important thing is to get there safely. Make sure everyone is buckled in properly and that if you drive, you drive carefully. Instruct your kids on what to do if they get separated from the family, and provide them with phone numbers where they can reach you or another responsible adult. Now enjoy your vacation!



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