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Get Road Ready Contest

Planning a family road trip is never easy. But a new website-– can help you plan your trip and maybe even save money on your gas.

The site, which sponsored by Prestone, offers travel tips (driving directions, points of interest, advice from momblogger Brandy Schaffels) as well as car maintenance checklists.  

GetRoadReadyalso provides free access to Rand McNally’s TripMaker Planning Tool– which helps you plot out your entire car trip from start to finish and even provides you with point of interest recommendations along your route. Or if rising gas prices have you reconsidering your vacation plans, take a look at the “Best of the Road” regional road trip feature to see if you can find a vacation destination closer to home.

To keep kids busy,and to help you keep your sanity, there are even a bunch of old fashioned printable car games like Hangman, Tic Tac Toe, State Capital Games, License Plate Games and more.  Sure…you could just pop in a DVD, but these nostalgic games will make the road trip more memorable for your kids and might even provoke some interesting conversations.

For a chance to win a Car Travel Kit from Prestone, leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm on June 25, 2008 letting us know your best tip for traveling with kids.

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281 Responses to "Get Road Ready Contest"

  1. Gaines Simmons says:

    Thank you for this thoughtful opportunity. A good idea indeed. During travel or at home, avoid allowing your children to drink sodas. Sodas are diruetics and bad for the bones.

  2. Dan says:

    Bring snacks, music, and magnet boards

  3. Brandy says:

    The best thing I have found is the portable DVD player we purchased 2 years ago. Just make sure to take movies your kids have not seen before- it keeps them much more occupied :)

  4. Eva Mack says:

    for fun

  5. ! MiC says:

    We listen to (short) books on tape (or CD’s).

  6. Marie Noguerole says:

    We make a checklist of things to spot while on the road. Each child gets a list and checks off things as they see them. The one at the end of the trip with the most items checked off on their list gets to pick the next movie the family sees at the theater plus a giant bucket of popcorn all to themselves. That only works if your family loves popcorn like mine. This activity keeps the kids engrossed during the trip and they are able to appreciate all the places and people we see along the way. I always point out they could never see all this if they were in a plane.

  7. Sarah Lehan says:

    Plenty of water and snacks and rest stops. thanks for the contest.

  8. Judy Y says:

    My daughter hates the carseat so I bring a bunch of her favorite toys. When she starts to get fussy I suprise her with a new toy.

  9. Angela Harris says:

    Always be prepared, I keep my mamma emergency kit in the car, includes, I diaper or two, some wipes, anti-bacterial sanitizer, some candy, crackers , and a first aid kit…Never know when you will need them…so I am almost prepared for everything

  10. israel y says:

    lots of good kids music they like will hopefully help keep them occupied for a bit.

  11. Sylvia Porter says:

    wake them up really early so they can sleep the whole way

  12. Ed Nemmers says:

    Books and puzzle magazines!

  13. amy delong says:

    dvd player!!!must have!!

  14. ~ HeLeN ~ says:

    We make a checklist of things to spot while on the road. Each child gets a list and checks off things as they see them.

  15. * * ALiesa * * says:

    Portable DVD player.

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  17. Danielle says:

    Snacks, Drinks, Books.

  18. Heather C says:

    Activities, activities, activities. I can’t stress that enough. Plan something new for every hour of driving, with a snack and drink in between, as well as a rest. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Shaun says:

    The above ideas are great ways. I’d like to add that it helps make the road trip easier when the kids help decide on where to go. This makes them happier on the road.

  20. Halina says:

    As an introduction to a new book, I was introducing my 6th graders to new vocabulary words. I read a list of new words that the students would add to their list, and after I said, “Number 6. Rhododendron” one boy started asking his table mates where “Dendron” was. The kids could not understand what he was asking so he asked me “where the road to Dendron was”. After collecting myself, I told him that rhododendron was one word. I still think that he is looking for Dendron.

  21. Suanne Giddings says:

    Keep plenty of drinks and food in a cooler. A backpack can hold a lot of paper, crayons, coloring books, pencils/colored pencils, hand held games, books with audio, ipod, travel games, and I strongly suggest a portable DVD player and movies. Always remember a pillow and light blanket. Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. Michelle H. says:

    Plenty of cold drinkds and fresh fruit. And bathroom breaks.

  23. Donna Kozar says:

    Bring plenty of things to keep the kids busy such as toys, games, and snacks.

  24. Pamela Lytle says:

    Start your trip in the early morning hours when they’re still sleepy and be VERY VERY Quiet!

  25. Peggy Gorman says:

    Snacks,drinks,blankets,pillows, hand held games and always make sure you give the bigger kids more room

  26. Kathy S says:

    Make sure ALWAYS, that you have their favorite cd’s in the car, and play them over and over again and if you’re lucky, the kids may fall asleep….and you’ll be able to play YOUR music!

  27. Tara Hill says:

    Travel when they are sleeping!

  28. Lily Kwan says:

    Be sure to bring plenty of snacks and drinks to keep the kids busy and to minimize having to buy expensive food and drinks while on the road.

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