Authentic, affordable adventures with kids worthy of selfies and Instagram posts are in! With gas prices down, AAA says the summer of ‘17 is shaping up like last year: There’s every indication that you'll travel on the road this summer. Guess what? Road travel provides one of the best ways to create family memories and that feeling ... after you’ve grown up, that is ... that there was something fantastic about your childhood ... that time Mom and Dad took us out west ...
Here are great tips and apps to make your next travel road trip an event to remember!
POPULAR Road Trips with Kids
Big Sur, CA; Jackson Hole, WY; Big Sky, MT; Cowboy Country, Dallas TX; Charleston, SC
Washington, D.C.; Zion National Park, UT; New Orleans, LA; Boston, MA; Portland, ME; San Francisco, CA
Great Travel Apps
Use it as a trip planner and if you need roadside assistance.
Find sites of interest around you wherever you are.
Know where to find your next fill up.
Last-minute discounts on vacancies — remember a pool for the kids!
Find everything from attractions to diners.
Need a clean public restroom fast?
To quickly look up fees for bridges, tunnels and turnpikes.
Lose your Internet connection? Good thing you can get your map offline here.
TV Food Maps
Find eateries like those on TV such as Bizarre Foods America and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Crowd source traffic jams to know what’s going on and what to do.
You know this app, but use it on the road for reviews before you buy!
My Road Trip Tips
• Stop for treats for the kids — even if it’s candy from the gas station
• See friends & family
along your route
• Leave early, stop early
• Try to swim at the end of
• Let kids get ice from the
machine at your motel
• Plan your trip, but leave room for
• Visit unique sites along the way
• Keep a cooler with drinks
• Load tablets with books (don’t
forget the summer reading!),
movies and games
Packing For Kids
• Baby/Toddler stuff
• Books, magazines, games
• Washable markers
• Etch-a-Sketch, Magna Doodle, White board
• Movies galore
• Headphones for all
• Books on tape
• Pre-packaged snacks
• Reusable water bottles
• Emergency kit including jumper cables, first aid kit with medicines,
flashlight and batteries, road flares, reflective triangles, blanket
• Garbage bags
• Pillows for all
• Change of clothes for each child
• Paper towels, tissues
• Air mattress in case you need one in a motel
• Camping items if
• Road atlas
• Car chargers
• Addresses of relatives
• List of sites you want to see along the way
• Cash for tolls
• Swim goggles & wear
• Frisbee, Wiffle ball, other sports’ items kids like
• Port-a-potty if you need
• A sense for adventure
Now hit the road, jack. And don't ya come back, no more, no more, no more, no more!