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Road Trip Car-Packing Tips from the Experts at Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com (giveaway ends 8/22/16)

 

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How has your summer been going? Have you gone on your vacation/family vacation yet? Are you driving to your vacation destination, or taking other means of travel?

My family and I always drive to our vacation destination. We tend to stick close to home.

Packing for a road trip is easier said than done. It’s not always easy to squeeze everything you need into your automobile’s trunk.

Just recently our daughter, her (ex) boyfriend and his family went to South Carolina for a family vacation. They had way too much stuff that they had to pack stuff on their car’s roof. That wouldn’t have been so bad but what would have happened if it rained? All of their stuff would have been ruined.

Are you familiar with Kelley Blue Book? Kelley Blue Book (KBB) is the leading authority in helping consumers choose the best cars for their lifestyle.

KBB knows the struggle families go through when packing up a car, and actually vets hundreds of vehicles to create its official “Best Family Cars for 2016” list. Their criteria includes everything from testing child safety seats to checking the availability of Apple CarPlay and even conducting a real-world test with real-world families.

KBB has some tips to help you pack up your vehicle for your summer vacation or any road trip you might be going on this year (and beyond).

Safety First

Put heavier items on the bottom of the cargo area and toward the front, and avoid loading SUVs beyond the height of the rear seat backs.  Keeping heavier items up closer to the center of the vehicle can help preserve handling integrity in emergency avoidance situations, while imposing a height limit on your stack of stuff will help maintain rearward vision and prevent objects from becoming projectiles in a collision.  If you wouldn’t want somebody throwing it at your head, don’t keep it unsecured and at head level in your car. 

Bag It 

Consider large trash bags for smaller loose items and soft items like blankets and pillows.  It’ll be easier to transport these items to and from the car, and their flexibility makes them more space efficient than a large box, for instance. 

Think Short-Term

There’s often plenty of action in the time between packing the car and fully unpacking it at your destination, and planning ahead can save plenty of headache.  Obviously you’ll want to keep plenty of food and drink within reach, along with napkins, a trash bag and medicine, perhaps.  And any modern family road trip is sure to benefit from a full complement of electronics and related accessories, like power cords and headphones.  But if your journey will include a side trip that will take you away from the car, remember to pack any valuables within easy reach so that you can take them with you on your detour.  Alternately, pack those valuables deep within your stack.  If you plan to arrive at noon and check-in isn’t until 4pm, keep the swimsuits and sunscreen easily accessible so you don’t have to unpack and re-pack the whole car in the middle of the hotel parking lot.

My car’s trunk was a total mess. So much so that there was no way I could pack anything in it for a road trip.

Before

My trunk was filled with everything. The boxes were books I planned on donating – I just never got around to it. There are also outdoor games I used at work stuff in there, first aid kit, car products, reusable tote bags and so much more. I’m surprised our kitchen sink wasn’t stuffed in there. I literally could not stuff one more thing in my trunk – let alone luggage and supplies for a road trip.

KBB challenged me to organize my car and make it ready for a road trip. Challenge accepted!!!

Here is my updated trunk.

After

I donated the stuff I needed to get rid of, put the outdoor toys in my husband’s car (for now – I need to leave them at work when I return this September) and used and Automotive Trunk Organizer from Miu Color to organize the rest of my “stuff.”

Trunk 1

Audio Books, car cleaning products and emergency products.

Trunk 2

Car vacuum tucked neatly to the side. Handy wipes, tissues and more tucked in the outside pockets on the organizer.

Trunk 3

More supplies tucked in the outside pockets and reusable totes that are easy to find (unlike before when I couldn’t find any of them in my messy trunk).

Now that my trunk is cleaned out and organized it’s ready for any family road trip we might go on. I even have plenty of room for carry on luggage, snacks and other things we might need on our journey.

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Next up – organize my husband’s trunk. We have every intention of doing so, but the weather here in New York has been unseasonably hot – feeling like TRIPLE digits on many days. We’ll have to wait until the weather gets a bit more bearable before tacking my husband’s trunk.

We did use KBB to check on the price of my car when we were buying it. It actually helped us to knock almost $2,000 off the price. In hinesight I should have looked up more information about my car. I LOVE my car (I love it A LOT) but I have very little trunk space. Thankfully my husband’s car has a bigger trunk.

My husband is in the market for a new (used) car. We plan on checking car values on KBB when we go car shopping this fall.

If you would like to learn more about Kelley Blue Book you can visit them online at KBB.com. In addition you can check them out on social media.

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KBB would love to give a lucky reader a great prize package to help with their next road trip. The prize package includes:

  • One Carry-On Luggage Set (this is REALLY nice!)
  • Kelley Blue Book Swag (sticky note book, tumbler and Bluetooth speaker) – My kids love the speaker.
  • $25 Visa Gift Card (great for gas or snacks on the road)

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 22, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package – OR – what road trip you have planned this summer (or at some point this year)?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Kelley Blue Book to bring you these great times. I received a similar prize package for my participation. There was no additional compensation. Kelly Blue Book is providing the prize package. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Summer Car Readiness Giveaway with Autotrader (ends 6/26/16)

 

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Summer is almost officially here (June 20th is the official day). It’s time to swap out backpacks with luggage and boots with flip flops.

A lot of people plan their vacations during the summer months. Some prefer air travel whereas others find it less expensive and more fun to drive to their vacation destination.

Before you head out on your driving journey, be sure to give your car a once over to ensure that your car is in tip top shape. That last thing you want is car issues ruining your much anticipated vacation.

Autotrader has a lot of great advice surrounding vehicles, whether buying, selling or taking care of the one you have. Inspired by the changing seasons, Autotrader wants to make sure you are ready for safe summer driving, whether it’s to a game, a park or even a cross-country road trip.

If you have a moment, I would recommend checking out Autotrader’s top summer safety and car care tips.

Before my family heads out on a road trip we always give our cars a once over and look for any possible trouble. For example, the other day my husband found rocks stuck inside the grooves in my tires. It’s a good idea to check your tires to make sure there is nothing stuck inside of them that could lead to a flat on your road trip (nails, metal, other debris…).

Check Tires

Speaking of tires, makes sure if you have a spare tire that it’s also in good shape. Check the air pressure and make sure it’s suitable to use in the event you have a flat.

If you don’t have it already, I would highly recommend buying into an emergency car service like AAA. Trust me, it’s well worth every penny. It’s nice to know you have something available to you should you need a battery jump or a tow to a local service station. We even gifted a one year subscription to our daughter who just got her first car.

I would also recommend investing in either a GPS system (if your car is not already equipped with one) or download a GPS-like app on your phone. That last thing you want to have happen is to get lost. They are also handy to have should you need to take an alternate route.

Check the weather before you go an plan accordingly.

A hundred years ago when I was a child (ha ha) my family and I (including aunt, uncles and cousins) planned a huge family vacation to Massachusetts. We piled into two cars and headed off for our destination, not knowing a hurricane was going to hit the area hard. We got half way there and had to turn around and go home (we were in New York) because of the impending hurricane. Some how being stuck in a hurricane while driving didn’t sound like the type of vacation we wanted.

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Make sure you have plenty of snack, drinks and fun things to do to keep everyone in the car happy. It’s OK to stop for snacks too, but you’ll make better time if you save the stops for “potty breaks” and to stretch your legs.

Lastly, make sure your car is equipped with a First Aid kit filled with essentials you might need like medication for bee stings (or bug bites), medication for Poison Ivy and so forth.

Be sure to check out the tips on the Autotrader page too.

For more information about Autotrader visit Autotrader.com. In addition you can check them out on social media – Twitter (@AutoTrader_com), Facebook,  Google+ and YouTube.

To see what others are saying about Summer Car Readiness, check out the hashtag #DrivenBySummer on social media.

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I have a great giveaway for a lucky reader, compliments of Autotrader. The prize package includes:

  • Visa Gift Card ($25)
  • Autotrader branded charger ($15)
  • Tire Pressure Gauge ($11)
  • Roadside Safety Kit ($26)
  • Sunscreen ($18)
  • Poncho 4 pack ($7)
  • Safety Tool – Seatbelt Cutter, Hammer ($10)
  • Emergency Wind Up Flashlight ($10)

This is a $122 value! Thank you Autotrader!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 26, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me your best summer travel tip (either one mentioned on Autotrader, here or one of your own).

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received a similar prize package from Autotrader in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Autotrader will be providing the prize package. 

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Book a megabus.com ride for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is this weekend. Have you found the perfect gift for that special lady in your life?

I don’t know what my teens have planned for Mother’s Day. I’ve left them a few hints of what I’d like for Mother’s Day. They are not actually gifts – more so things I’d like.

  • A clean home
  • A clean car
  • Sleep in
  • Dinner out (or delivered)

These things don’t necessarily cost money (except dinner). They also might not sound overly exciting, but trust me, it’s what I really want. I am not a fan of cleaning (but I LOVE a clean home). My car is getting a big grungy looking and I have been craving pineapple pizza for weeks.

I know it sounds like a cliché thing to say, but I LOVE handmade gifts from the heart. Those are my favorites.

Over the years some of my most favorite Mother’s Day gifts included a plate that had a photo my daughter drew printed on it. Also, stationary (cards) that featured my son’s artwork (they were professionally printed). I still have them (although they are currently in storage).

My mom passed away 13 years ago. I can’t help but think about her on Mother’s Day too.

I used to always give my mom handmade gifts. She wouldn’t have it any other way. If we bought her anything she would quibble about it.

One thing I think would have make for a great Mother’s Day gift is to go on a mini-trip to some place special. Or if you don’t live near your mom, what about surprising her with an unexpected visit?

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Have you ever heard about megabus.com? They are a bus company that travels across the country as well as Canada.

Megabus.com great for weekend getaways, traveling to sporting events, and visiting family out of town – like mom! In fact, megabus.com recently did a survey and the results found that a majority of megabus.com customers miss their moms (64%). Many of those surveyed said that they would cry tears of joy if they were surprised with a trip (53%) or an surprised visit (46%). In addition, the survey also found that more people are planning to go home for Mother’s Day, over a spa or the beach.

Our daughter is in college. She plans on transferring next spring. I can’t imagine what life would be like without her around. I really hope that she is able to come home often, especially on the holidays and Mother’s Day.

What makes megabus.com the perfect choice for surprising mom with an unexpected visit or trip, is that megabus.com offers customers great rates. Fares start at only $1 (plus a reservation fee). Plus they offer FREE WIFI to every passenger, a restroom, comfortable reclining seats and modern buses.

This year marks megabus.com’s 10th Anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, megabus.com has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 10,000 trees along megabus.com routes and on college campuses throughout the country over the next year. I think that is a wonderful thing that they are doing.

If you are interested in learning more about megabus.com, or interested in surprising mom with a special trip (or plan a trip to visit mom) go to megabus.com. You can also check them out on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What are your plan for Mother’s Day? Will you be visiting your mom to celebrate with her in person?

Have you ever planned a trip as a Mother’s Day gift? If you could, where do you think you and your mom would go?

If you have every used megabus.com, feel free to share your experiences.

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Kimberly

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of megabus.com . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Hit the road this summer with Fodor’s Travel and Listening Library! (Giveaway ends 5/15/16)

 

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I cannot begin to grasp the idea that summer is almost here. SUMMER! When did that happen? It seems like we were shoveling snow just yesterday. Now we’re planning on what to do Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer.

What are your summer plans? Are you planning on a vacation with your family or friends?

My family and I can’t afford to go on a real vacation. Instead we rely on “day trips.” They don’t usually cost that much and we are able to be home in time to walk our dog and feed our “mini-zoo.”

One of our favorite places to go during the warm weather months are area parks (local or state). We love being outdoors and exploring nature.

When I was younger my family and I took a road trip through Yosemite National Park. That was one of my most favorite vacations. I still remember when we came across an area that had a lot of snow. You don’t always associate California with snow. I know my parents took a picture of me and my sister playing in the snow. I wish I knew where that photo was.

If you are planning a vacation this year across your state, or across the country, be sure to check out Fodor’s Travel.

Did you know that Fodor’s has been around for 80 years? Wow!

Fodor’s is a trusted resource offering expert travel advice.

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, Fodor’s has unveiled a new suite of online tools and updated guidebooks to help travelers plan an unforgettable family trip to America’s incredible natural wonders.

Throughout this year (2016), all parks, including the venerable Yellowstone and Yosemite, will celebrate the centennial with activities and initiatives that allow visitors to revel in their natural, historical, and cultural splendor.

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I would love to return to Yosemite with my family (husband and children). They have never been there before. Visiting Yellowstone is on my “Bucket List.”

If your summer vacation plans include a road trip you should check out Fodor’s National Park Road Trip Itineraries, found on Fodors.com. It will help you and your family have the most road-trip worthy adventures to parks across various states.

You should also check out National Parks 101 if you are planning a trip to a national parks, including booking, budgeting and packing tips; and National Parks Finder helps you find and compare national parks based on activity, region or season.

Be sure to check out Fodor’s National Parks of the West, on sale May 10. The book ha been completely updated and provides readers with the best sites, dining, and lodging in and around each park.

Family Travel

When you are planning a road trip, even if it’s just to the grandparent’s house, you should always have entertainment on hand.

One great way to keep everyone entertained while traveling is with audiobooks. When you listen to a book being read to you via an audiobook, you can completely lose yourself in the journey, enjoying the scenery while listening to a great narrator tell you a story.

Audiobook are idea for children because they help to expand vocabulary, teach pronunciation and improve reading comprehension.

Here are some examples of audiobooks.

 
 
Imagine enjoying these types of stories on your travel adventure.

Did you know that 85% of what we learn, we learn by listening?

Whether it’s a charmingly, quirky tale for your middle grader like Jennifer L. Holm’s The Fourteenth Goldfish, a brain-teasing mystery like Chris Grabenstein’s Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, or Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild read by Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

These audiobooks are available through Penguin Random House Listening Library of audiobooks.

For more information about Fodors visit Fodors.com. You an also follow Fodor’s Travel on Twitter and Facebook.

Don’t forget to check out Penguin Random House Listening Library (linked above) You can also check out Listening Library on Twitter and Facebook.

To learn more check out the hashtag #FodorsOnTheGo on social media.

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I have a wonderful giveaway for a lucky reader. 

One (1) winner receives:

  • Fodor’s The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West;
  • 3 audiobooks to listen to on the drive: The Fourteenth GoldfishEscape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library, and Call of the Wild;
  • PLUS a $50 Visa gift card to put towards filling up the tank!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.

Prizing and samples provided by Penguin Random House.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 15, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Choice Hotels’ New Loyalty Points Program

 

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I find it amusing that so many business and companies have loyalty and perks programs. My wallet is filled with loyalty cards for about a dozen businesses including pet supplies and the place where we get our hair cut.

As much as I dislike carrying around so many cards, I feel it’s definitely worthwhile to sign up for loyalty programs, most especially at places she shop at frequently.

I’d love to get one of those cards to earn points and rewards when it comes to traveling (airfare). We just don’t like the idea of having a credit card in order to earn the points. We rather earn points as we travel.

The demand for bigger, better, and faster rewards are at an all-time high, even as many loyalty programs – and their perks – are being reduced in scope for members across a number of hospitality categories. Bucking the trend, Choice Hotels has recently announced a series of bold, exciting and completely unique changes to their rewards program, bringing greater and faster value to their over 25 million Choice Privileges members. Some of these new and improved perks include free nights at discounted point levels, instant digital gift cards, and points that never expire!

I LOVE that Choice Hotels’ points never expire. In fact, I think that is one of my favorite feature about them. I hate it when earned points expire just because I haven’t had the chance to use them yet. In fact, that happened to me earlier today. I was suppose to have enough points on a grocery food store’s perks card for .30 cents off per gallon of gas. When I went to get gas it was only .10 cents per gallon because the other points expired. Ugh!!!!

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Choice Hotels’ program enhancements are being implemented to bring greater and faster value to the over 25 million members of Choice Privileges.  Some of the new benefits include:

  • Your Extras. Weekday travelers can earn a special reward — a little something ‘extra’ — right when they check in. For each qualifying stay that includes at least 1 weekday night (any night Sun. through Thurs.), the member can earn a special reward of their choice. U.S members have 5 options, varying from Fuel Rewards® savings at participating Shell locations to Amazon.com credit. International members have 2 options: 500 bonus points or 100 airline miles from participating airline carriers.
  • FlexRewards. Get to a free night faster— Members can redeem points for free nights at discounted point levels at participating hotels, varying by season. There will be up to 2,000 hotels reduced during either the weekdays or weekend at any time.
  • Digital Gift Cards. The first hotel company to offer immediate in-app gift card downloads, Choice Privileges members can receive instant gratification with new digital gift cards.
  • Keep Your Points. As long as members stay active by completing a qualifying activity at least once every 18 months, they get to keep their points.
  • 10 Points per Dollar.  All 5,500 Choice Hotels now earn 10 points per dollar spent – including economy and extended stay hotels, such as MainStay Suites, Suburban, EconoLodge and Rodeway Inn.  And, during our award winning promotions, it is now easier than ever to qualify since members no longer need to stay two consecutive nights at economy brands.

I really like that you can earn rewards such as Fuel Rewards® and Amazon credit. I always need gas for my car and I shop at Amazon frequently. It’s nice that they offer non-hotel related rewards which is great for people like us who can’t afford to travel often.

“The exciting new changes to our Choice Privileges program mark a major milestone in Choice Hotels’ history,” said Jamie Russo, VP of Loyalty and Customer Engagement. “While many rewards programs continue to decrease the value of benefits for their guests, we’re building a loyalty program that gives more and faster perks to travelers starting right when they join. We have built these new features around guests, and we want them to feel constantly rewarded by the new Choice Privileges wherever their travels take them.”

It’s refreshing to see that a company is taking their loyal customers to heart and developing a rewards program that offers so many perks.

If you would like more information about the new Choice Privileges rewards program, visit www.ChoiceHotels.com/Choice-Privileges.

You can also find the brand on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about the new Choice Privileges perks?

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Choice Hotels to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise note and not influenced in any way. 

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Clever Mom Hacks and Traveling Tips from Autotrader (giveaway ends 12/21/15)

 

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Over the river and through the woods, to grandmothers house we go…

How many readers are doing a lot of traveling this holiday season? Are you going on vacation for the holiday? Are you visiting friends or family far away?

We’re fortunate that we’ll only be visiting my father and step-mother this holiday season and they only live 50 minutes away (each way).

In years past we did A LOT of travelling during the holiday season – most especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The last thing you want to have happen is something to go wrong with your car while you are far from home. You also don’t want to find out half way into your trip that you forgot something at home (I’ve done that before – I left a gift at home!).

Autotrader has some great tips for consumers when it comes to travelling this holiday season (or any time of the year).

If you are not familiar with Autotrader, here is a little bit of information about the company.

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Autotrader is the most visited third-party car shopping site, with the most engaged audience of in-market shoppers. As the foremost authority on automotive consumer insights, Autotrader makes the car shopping experience easy and fun for today’s empowered consumer looking to find or sell the perfect new, used or Certified Pre-Owned car.

Here are some of their great tips for travelling by car.

Prepare your vehicle. Do a quick check on the essentials before you head out. Check the wear and pressure on your tires, and be sure your fluids (oil, coolant and wiper fluid) are topped off.

Make it an adventure. Just because you have an ultimate destination doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fun stuff in between. Check your route for family-friendly stops along the way such as a zoo, park or even toy store to give kids something to look forward to while breaking the trip into manageable pieces.

Keep the little ones engaged. Technology features like built-in screens and DVD players can be saviors on the road, but if your car doesn’t come equipped with these, consider bringing along a handheld device on which little ones can play games or watch videos. And if technology isn’t your thing, remember that magnetized board games and word games can work just as well.

Bring snacks. Greasy food isn’t the best for staying alert — or feeling good — while road tripping. Instead of relying on fast-food, bring along lots of smaller, healthier snacks to keep kids (and adults) content. Fruits and vegetables that are easy to eat and easy on the mess, like carrot sticks, bananas and apples, are great options.

Have patience! Between road congestion, frequent stops and the sometimes-bad weather that plagues many areas this time of year, holiday travel time can take longer than anticipated. Allow—and plan for—extra travel time, and you’ll have a better chance of arriving safely and stress-free.

These are excellent tips. I would also like to add a few of my own.

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Map out alternate routes. Just in case you come across road work or a car accident that might cause you to sit in traffic for long periods of time – most especially if you need to be some place by a specific time. Back in 2002 my family and I were going to Florida and needed to get to the airport. Thankfully we took a car service because we encountered a massive traffic pile up on the way which would have caused us to miss our flight. Our driver knew an alternate route and was able to get out of the traffic and get us to the airport in time. If we had drove down we wouldn’t have known about the alternate route and we would have missed out flight.

Know rest stops along the way. Trust me… when you have children you need to have a general idea where rest areas are in case “nature calls.” I remember once coming back fro the Jersey Shore when our daughter had to go to the bathroom really bad. It was bumper-to-bumper traffic and we just made it to the rest stop on the highway, narrowly avoiding an “accident.” Had we planned better we would have known what exits to get off at in case somone needed the facilities.

These days when we are travelling long distances and see a rest area we stop even if no one needs to go. It’s always a good idea to at least try and “go,” plus it gives you a chance to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.

Don’t forget water. You should keep yourself hydrated when travelling.

Make sure you have emergency equipment. Make sure you have a first aid kit, extra blankets, non-perishable food, water and other essentials in the event you find yourself stranded. With crazy winter weather  you just never know when you might get stuck somewhere. Also, make sure you have a back up charger for your phone in case your car doesn’t have a live battery you can draw from.

Travelling with children is not always easy. My husband and I talk about it all the time how when we traveled as children it seemed to take forever to get to our destination. As an adult it doesn’t seem that way. Even an hour long trip can be boring for a child. That is why it’s important to not only keep them entertained, but also to help keep your sanity.

Check out these great Clever Mom Hacks for Driving with Kids. I like the tip about re-purposing DVD cases for art supplies. I was thinking this could work well with a VHS tape case too. I’m sure we have a few of those lying around.

I also LOVE the tip about using a plastic cereal container as a garbage can. I love having a clean car – both inside and out. I need to make one of these for my car.

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Using small muffin cups for change and other small items is a great idea as well. I think it’s also a great way to keep dust, dirt and debris from collecting in the cup holders too. I wonder if they will keep the cup holders clean from coffee cup drips too?

When it comes to travelling with kids I have some other tips to share.

Books on tape. Purchase books on tape to let your kids (and family) listen to on long trips. You can even records yourself reading your child’s favorite books to listen to. Adults can enjoy books on tape too.

Keep snacks with reach of your children. That way you don’t have to pull over to hand it to them or try and pass it back to them while driving (which is a safety hazard). Use lunchboxes to store snacks and drinks that way everything is together and the kids known which belongs to them.

Take driving breaks. Stop every so often so that everyone can stretch their legs and get some fresh air. I think it helps make everyone less grumpy and it gives the driver a break for a few minutes.

Go “old school.” There is nothing wrong with doing the things we did as kids with our families such as singing songs together (100 Bottles…) and playing classic games like “I Spy” and the License Plate Game.

I hope you found these tips from me and Autotrader helpful.

If you would like to learn more about Autotrader please visit Autotrader.com. You can also check them out on social media – FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and YouTube.

Check out the hashtag #MomHacks for more great ideas.

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Autotrader would love to give a lucky reader a fun travel “kit.” The kit contains the following;

  • Charger
  • $25 Visa gift card
  • Tote
  • Seat Back Organizer
  • Selfie Stick
  • First Aid Kit
  • Single-use Wet Wipes
  • Snacks

The retail value is $75.00. Thank you Autotrader!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 12, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what was your favorite tip – OR – share a travelling tip of your own.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Autotrader to bring you this information. I will be receiving a similar prize package in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted. 

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