Whether you're flying, driving or taking a train to your destination, leaving at the right time can make your trip a whole lot smoother. Obviously, you can't predict delays or cancellations with flights, but try to plan your trip around the family's schedule.
Leave a few hours before your kids' naptime and bring along their sleeping blankets or other snuggly items they use for comfort. Sure, they'll be excited about the trip at first, but as it gets closer to naptime, most kids fall into their usual schedule and rest for a while [source: Travelwithyourkids.com].
Tim Neiger recommends that parents plan around their own schedule as well. It's critical that the grown-ups get enough sleep prior to leaving the house. A few years ago, he and his family left early in the morning for a long trip to North Carolina. After a few hours in the car, the family had to pull over at a rest stop to sleep because they were simply too tired to continue the drive. Careful packing and getting the kids ready is important, but so is giving yourself enough time to rest.
Go on to the next page for tips on how to keep your kids occupied during the trip.