September 3, 2010, Newsletter Issue #300: Summer Vacations and the Family Truckster

Tip of the Week

Vacationing with the kids over the summer can be both a joyous and challenging endeavor. I recently drove half way across the country to visit family and go camping. I made the trip go smoothly by adapting to the kiddies sleeping schedule. Instead of traveling during the hours they are awake I drove during the hours in which they sleep. Driving a lengthy amount of time is tough for most people; there is really no need in compounding the task with antsy children. If you are taking a long trip try departing around eight or nine in the evening. Traveling at night has some major advantages, the kids are asleep, no traffic, less stressful situations. There are also some disadvantages if you do not plan ahead. Driving at night means the driver has to get sleep during the day. Try getting at least six hours of sleep before departing on the overnight journey and stay away from strenuous activity for a few days. Also plan on stopping for gas more frequently, the last thing you want is to run out of gas at three in the morning. With a little planning and some sleep before departing, your next trip can end with the kids waking up while you’re arriving at your destination. Happy Trails!      

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