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No one said going on a road trip was an easy thing to do—especially when you have a family in tow and you plan on seeing a lot. As fun as road trips can be, they can also add a lot of stress and can add up over a while. Fortunately, there are some ways you can consider making your ride smoother—and much of them are easy to incorporate into the trip you already have planned.

Here are some ways you can make your road trip across the US more enjoyable for everyone.

Plan well in advance

Planning a great road trip sometimes means taking weeks or months and thinking about what you want to do, what you think your family will want to see, and how long you want to be away from home. The United States has a number of stops that are hard to miss, so knowing where you want to go can narrow down how long you want to be away and how far you want to go.

Keep kids entertained

Sitting in a car for a long time can be stressful on kids, and you’ll often find that they get fidgety after a while. The best way to combat antsy children is to offer them some way to keep busy. Whether you play games in the car, download a whole bunch of movies onto your iPad, or encourage them to keep journals along the way, they’re much less likely to become bored and cause problems for you as you make the drive.

Be flexible

Even if you feel like you’ve put together a solid plan for your trip, things can change. You might run into a problem with your vehicle or decide to take a detour to another attraction. If you have the time, it might be worth it to take the road less traveled and see something unexpected. Those often end up being the most memorable parts of a trip and can make yours different from the many others that come through the country.

Choose the right vehicle

Not every vehicle on the road was meant for long-term travel. Leave your small cars at home and consider something that will get you to your destination without a hitch. It’s often easy to rent motorhomes and trailers, and you might end up saving money in the long run by camping instead of staying in a hotel every night. You also want to leave problem cars behind—they tend not to work out well when traveling long distance and might give you more of a headache than they’re worth.

GPS, maps, or ask for directions

While some travelers love getting lost and seeing it as part of the adventure, when you have a limited time and budget, it might end up being exactly what you don’t want to happen. Consider investing in a quality GPS, learning to read maps well, or stopping every now and then to ask for directions. You’ll be glad you know the way you’re going and whether you will get to your destination on time.

Taking a road trip can be an experience that your whole family remembers for decades to come. Knowing how to put together one properly can make it a family memory that sticks with you long after you’ve returned back to your home town.

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