10 Ways to Keep Your Kids from Driving You Crazy on a Road Trip


Anticipate illness.

How could you have forgotten your youngest tends to get carsick, or that your oldest often develops headaches if she rides in the car on muggy days? Before you leave, be prepared to deal with these car-related illnesses.

Motion sickness is probably the most common trip-induced ailment. Affecting one out of five children, it causes dizziness, a queasy stomach and, sometimes, vomiting. If one or more of your kids suffers from this, pack plenty of preventive medicine, and remember to have your child take it 30 to 60 minutes before you depart (and don't forget a car sickness bag in case of stomach emergencies.)

It also helps to keep your car well ventilated and free from strong odors. The smell of gasoline can be particularly troublesome to those prone to motion sickness, so fill up when your child isn't in the car. In addition, your child shouldn't eat greasy or spicy food before traveling and should look out the window while in the car, not at books or toys in her lap [sources: Kids Growth, Sokal-Gutierrez].Many kids complain of headaches while driving; this is often a form of motion sickness and should be treated in the same manner.