Are you making plans for a trip? Maybe your family is going on vacation. Maybe you have plans to visit some family or friends. No matter your destination, if you have children, you will need to do some planning for your long ride in the car with your little ones. Traveling with children can be a challenge, but with some planning and preparation, you can make your trip a little easier on everyone. First of all, you will need to consider that your children will get hungry. You won't want to stop for food so often, so it would be a good idea to take along plenty of snacks and drinks. Snacking will also keep them occupied for a little bit, and when traveling with little ones, every little bit makes a big difference. You will need to think about entertainment for your children. They may quickly lose interest in the toys that they already have at home, so go to your local dollar store and purchase a few new things to take along. A few other things I suggest taking would be a DVD player and a headset, a Magnadoodle, handheld video game, and crayons with coloring books. If you have school-aged children, carry a map for them to follow along. Have them "help" you find your exits and streets. Be sure to have some things for them to do, but don't go overboard. You don't want to be overwhelmed with too much "stuff" to keep up with on your trip. Don't forget their medicine! Make sure you have pain relievers and fever reducers. If your child is on any medication, be sure and remember it. I can tell you, it's no fun to be out of town and in need of medication that was left at home. You will be glad that you remembered it. Remember the necessaries! Children and babies have to go too! Don't forget diapers and wipes. If your child is potty-training, take along plenty of training pants. For those moments when they've just "gotta go", take along a travel potty chair. They are excellent for when there are no restrooms available. Last but not least, have fun and remember that things happen. Don't take things too seriously. Your children won't be young for long, so enjoy them while you can, even if things do get a little crazy. You are making memories that will last a lifetime.