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Family vacations often involve long hours in the car or on a plane, and part of the art of traveling with kids is knowing how to stay happily occupied during the trip.
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  2. Books to Take Along on Family Trips (4)

8 Classic Car Games That Can Save Your Family Road Trip
Looking for fun games to play with kids in the car? These classic backseat games have been entertaining kids on family road trips for generations.

10 Must-Have Travel Toys for Family Road Trips

The best take-alongs for car trips keep kids entertained without creating too much noise, taking up too much space, or making a mess. Here are 10 winning toys and games sure to keep backseat boredom at bay.

How to Play I Spy
Classic travel games: Here are step-by-step instructions for how to play I Spy.

How to Play 20 Questions
Classic travel games: Here are step-by-step instructions for how to play 20 Questions.

How to Play the Name Game
Classic travel games: Here are step-by-step instructions for how to play The Name Game.

How to Play The Alphabet Game
Classic travel games: Here are step-by-step instructions for how to play The Alphabet Game.

How to Play Rock Paper Scissors
Classic travel games: Here are step-by-step instructions for how to play Rock Paper Scissors.

How to Play I'm Going On a Picnic
Classic travel games: Here are step-by-step instructions for how to play I'm Going On a Picnic.

How to Play Who Am I?
Classic travel games: Here are step-by-step instructions for how to play Who Am I?

How to Play Shush
Classic travel games: Here are step-by-step instructions for how to play Shush.

Travel Games to Print Out
Take your choice of two versions of that perennial backseat favorite, the License Plate Game. You'll find other simple games to print out as well, such as Connect the Dots, Tic Tac Toe, and Animals A to Z, plus links to printables with Dr. Seuss or Nick Jr. themes.

Audiobooks
Listening to story in the car is a great way to pass the time on a long car trip: kids aren't glued to another screen, the whole family shares the story and also shares the experience of watching the landscape outside.

Activity Kits for Car and Plane Trips
For your next car trip, try an activity kit made by the ultra-creative company Klutz Press, which publishes colorful, original hands-on "books" crammed with neat stuff and activities.

LeapFrog Leapster Handheld Educational Games
This popular handheld learning game system features favorite characters such as SpongeBob, Dora, and Wall-E.

How to Play Charades
Unplug the kids! Whether you're at a winter cabin or a cottage on the lake, the game of charades is still as much fun as it always was.

Brain Quest Quiz Games
They're fun, they're portable, and you might even learn something (and so might your kids.) Brain Quest quizzes are great to take along on a car trip and there are editions for all levels, from kindergarten to university.

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