Keep kids busy, safe in your car



With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start planning for the much-anticipated family road trip. Here are some essential tips to make any family trip more enjoyable.


  1. Involve your kids from the start: Set aside a couple nights to plan the trip together and allow your kids to map out stops along the way.

  2. Plan ahead: It’s never too early to book your summer accommodations. Make your reservations well ahead of time and look for national hotel chains that cater to families, such as Days Inn hotels where kids 12 and under stay free when sharing a room with an adult.

  3. Hours of fun: Pack a special travel bag full of favourite items such as games, plush toys, activity booklets, CDs and electronics.

  4. Snack attack: Be sure to pack an assortment of snacks, with special treats they don’t usually get at home.

  5. Say cheese: Pack a disposable or digital camera for the kids to create memories by taking plenty of pictures.

  6. Schedule stops along the way: Make the road trip exciting and take advantage of sights along the way. Plan routine breaks so the whole family can burn off some energy. Before you leave, check out the “route planner” on www.daysinn.cafor great route ideas.

  7. Avoid disappointment: Book entertainment, family attractions and outdoor adventures well in advance.

  8. Comfort counts: Don’t over pack the car, and make sure they have enough room for personal space. Save room for the kids to pack a pillow.

  9. Buckle up: Use seatbelts and child-safety seats.

  10. Emergency kit: Always carry one and keep it stocked with the basics like first-aid supplies, extra water, blankets, flares and a flashlight.

Visit www.daysinn.caor call 1-800-DAYS-INN for more information.