Rich, poor, strict, slack: all parents at one time or another load up the vehicle, pack in the gear and snacks and kids, and pull onto the highway for a family road trip.
Below are tips to help you plan your road trip and make it as much fun as possible.
Road Trips 101
Find Great Routes for your family road trip.
How to Survive a Long Road Trip with Kids
Snacks, games, picnics, potties, playrooms... find practical tips for surviving road trips.
Games to Print out and Play in the Car
For kids age 5 and up, print out some simple games to play in the car on a road trips. The list includes two versions of The License Plate Game.
Make the miles fly by while you listen to stories in the car.
Backseat Activity Kits
These creative activity kits by Klutz Press are perfect for road trips.
Amusing Kids on Car Rides
For a long road (or plane) trip, here's a list of suggestions for several age groups.
Road Trips with Babies
Tips for buying car seats, for coping with crying babies who hate their carseats, and even for buying a car that will suit the baby years.
Prevent Motion Sickness
"Mom, I feel sick"-- the words you most don't want to hear on a road trip!
Fuel Cost Calculator
How much will the gas cost for your road trip?
Prepare Your Car For a Road Trip
About's guide for Auto Repair tells you how to get your vehicle ready for the highway (for warm-weather trips.)
Winter Car Emergency Kit
Let's hope you don't need it, but About.com's Guide for Cars tells you what to take along in case of a break-down or accident.