10 Dress down. If it's a long trip, consider outfitting the kids in comfy clothes for the ride over. It'll keep your daughter's brand new Christmas dress from collapsing into a wrinkled mess along the way and no one will mind if she scoots into the bathroom to change when you arrive. Pack a bag with PJs, too, and have the kids change into them before heading home. That way, they'll be ready to drift off to dreamland as soon as you get home.
Katie Holland is a Chicago Parent intern, a junior at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a veteran family car trip warrior.
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