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Tips for Packing the Car for a Road Trip

Juice, fruit, music and maps will entertain your travel companions.

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Ah, vacation. Whether you're heading to the beach or to the mountains, and whether your trip will take two hours or two days, you'll need to do some advance planning on how to pack up the car.

Thanks to improved automobile designs and the convenience of gadgets, today's road trips are generally more enjoyable than they used to be. Would the Griswold's trip to Wallyworld in the movie "Vacation" have been as hilariously miserable with GPS to navigate, and DVD players to entertain the kids?

Where you're headed and who's going on the trip will make a difference in how you pack. Babies require more equipment, and teenagers take up more room. Both age groups will be miserable on a car trip if you're not prepared.

Before you head out of town, consider these tips for packing the car.

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