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Holiday Travel With Kids

Tips for Holiday Traveling with Children

Don't forget that children are not little adults. When traveling, they need frequent breaks to eat, use the bathroom, stretch their legs and keep their minds busy.

Additionally, food is even more important when traveling with the kids. Don't abandon your hopes for healthy eating, but be conservative in their dining options. Picky eaters might need comfort food to keep them eating and keep everyone happy.

Also, don't fall into the late meal trap that many travelers do. Be true to meal times to keep their stomachs (and the rest of them) happy.

In-car DVD players can be lifesavers to keep mom and dad sane during a long trip, but be sure that it is a properly secured device-either built in to the vehicle or an aftermarket product specifically designed for in-car use. A TV resting loosely on the front seats armrests can become a dangerous projectile in a crash or sudden stop.

Old-fashioned games work well, too. Sing-alongs, the license plate and alphabet games, "I Spy", and travel-size board and card games are all great traveling items.

If there's just one child riding in the car and two adults, the parents could take turns riding in the back with the little one. This is a great way to make the child feel included as well as a fantastic way to spend quality time with your child.

Also, don't sacrifice safety. Seat belts and car seats must be used when traveling anywhere. It is not safe for anyone-child or adult-to lie flat across the backseat of the car even if they have his or her seat belt on. Seat belts must be used and worn properly to ensure safety.