Make it a family affair
Don't wait until the last minute to get your kids psyched for your holiday journey. If you involve them in the planning process, they're likely to be more invested in the trip. Give them little tasks so they'll feel like they're contributing.
Beat rush hour
You can't avoid traffic jams caused by accidents or emergency roadwork, but you can plan your trip so you're not in big cities during the morning or evening rush. You might also consider leaving at night if you feel well rested and comfortable driving in the dark. There will be fewer cars on the road, and your kids will probably sleep most of the way.
Have a supply of good travel foods (Cheerios, string cheese, bananas) with you at all times. Water is the best on-the-go beverage because kids only drink as much as they need, which will cut down on emergency bathroom breaks.
Be prepared for messes
Have available some hand sanitizer, a small travel first-aid kit, some paper towels and/or handi-wipes
Keep kids entertained
Let your children pack their own bag of toys, travel games, books, and so on. But bring a special surprise or two to pull out when they start getting bored maybe a gift you bought just for the trip. Give little ones their favorite lovey, and then read or tell them a story so they don't feel ignored. For older kids, encourage them to scout out license plates and road signs or have them track your route with a marker on a map or if you child is tech savvy a tablet with age appropriate games can keep them entertained for hours. Some schools give a holiday reading list that they can get done before the busy family time.
Most of all be prepared to let the children know that a normal 3 hour trip could take longer due to the busy holiday traffic.
The Stacey Feltman Group wishes all a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!