Road Tripping: A Parent's Guide to Planning and Surviving the Annual Car Trip

Road Tripping: A Parent's Guide to Planning and Surviving the Annual Car Trip

by Rick Walton, Loralee Leavitt

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Imagine driving down an empty road in the middle of nowhere, your spouse asleep in the passenger seat, kids fighting in the back, two more hours to the next hotel you hope has a vacancy, you're struggling to keep your eyes open, and you can't remember the last time you ate. Just thinking about this would make even the most resilient parents second-guess the idea of taking their children on a long road trip. Is it really worth the trouble?

The truth is, any family can take a long road trip. All it takes is preparation, time behind the wheel, and determination to keep your family's spirits up, no matter the situation. In Road Tripping: A Parent's Guide to Planning and Surviving the Annual Car Trip, authors Loralee Leavitt and Rick Walton take you step-by-step through what you need to know to survive any situation as a family on the road. Not only do they help you decide what to pack, but they also provide resources on where to go, what to do, and how to get the best discounts. They even give tips for single parents who want to spend some quality time with their children, but aren't sure if they could do it alone.

So don't let that open road scare you. Take time to prepare, pack up the kids, and start out on your next, fun-filled adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938301582
Publisher: Familius
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 146
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Rick Walton has worked as a cook in a Mexican restaurant, a secretary, a missionary, an arts administrator, a school teacher, and a computer software writer and designer. But now he has the best job of all-writing for children. He has published riddle books, picture books, poetry, activity books, mini-mysteries, and magazine articles.
A popular freelance writer for both parents and children, Loralee Leavitt has been featured in Family Fun, Parents, Mothering, ParentMap, Highlights, and Cricket. She is also the author of Candy Experiments, a book of spectacular science experiments with candy. An experienced road tripper, Loralee Leavitt loves to listen to audiobooks, take photos, and sing with her children on long family drives.

Read an Excerpt

When you’re deciding where to go, make it a family decision.  Parents should have the majority vote, since it’s your schedule, your time behind the wheel, and your money.  But you should involve your children as much as possible, because they’ll enjoy the trip far more if they get to help plan it.  We’ve learned how to plan trips, what to pack, and how to save money as we travel. Even more important, we’ve learned how to keep the journey fun, even when days get long and exhausting. We’ve also weathered countless road trip catastrophes.  We’ve endured screaming children, vomit, dirty diapers, dead car batteries, flat tires on Oregon mountains, Utah blizzards, and forest fire detours in Colorado.  We know how hard it is to pack a car and hit the road.  But every time one of our families prepares for a trip, we endure the headaches, the late nights, and the exploding list of labors because we know what’s coming: family time we can really enjoy together.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Where Are We Going?
  • Let’s Start Planning
  • Preparing to Leave
  • Packing Right
  • Packing the Toys
  • Food and Snacks
  • Last-Minute Tasks before Leaving the House
  • Driving
  • Stopping for Breaks
  • Sightseeing
  • Back Home

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