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Trip Smart Snacks

Even if your tolerance levels are admirable, chances are your endurance will be put to the test on a road trip. Luckily, creating a calm and happy drive can be as simple as adhering to a few simple rules. First, make sure you've covered the basics: snacks, water and bathroom breaks. When deciding on departure times, consider leaving early to avoid traffic and extra time in the car.

Hungry kids don't make great travel companions. Keep them happy, with these tips:

• Plan to leave just before a meal, and pack that meal to go. Otherwise, when you eat before you leave, bathroom breaks are sure to follow shortly into the trip.

• Pack a backpack of treats for each child that includes a mixture of healthy snacks. Every hour or so, pass the backpack back and let kids pick one or two snacks to munch on.

• They'll love fresh trail mix, pretzels, grapes, nuts, popcorn, berries, for instance. And, include prewashed baby carrots, snap peas and cut-up celery. Try a small plastic container of healthy hummus for dipping.

• Add calcium and Vitamin D to the day with some yogurt or low-fat smoothies in cups with lids.

• Healthy beverage alternatives to soda or fruit drinks include water, seltzer, vegetable juice or club soda.

• And, don’t forget to check out these great made-in-Tennessee products!

Road Games

A few games make the time go by faster and the road trip a happier adventure. Try some of these!

Name That Tune
The winner here is the one who figures out the name of the "mystery song" first. For those with singing/whistling/humming talent, this can be as much karaoke as a guessing game. Choose a theme for the game, such as show tunes, movie or TV themes, or Justin Timberlake for a good Tennessee name! The winner gets to be the singer for the next round. If no one can carry a tune in a bucket, then try guessing the songs on the radio. Really want to mix it up? Hit the "seek" button so no one gets an unfair advantage from sticking to one particular station's format. Good luck!

The Picnic Game
A memory builder for all ages. One player says, "I went to a picnic Saturday and I brought..." then says a picnic favorite that begins with the letter A, like apples. The next player repeats the opening phrase, and after "...I brought" they repeat the A item then add one that begins with B: "I brought an apple and some bananas." The third player repeats the opener, the A and the B portions, and then adds something that begins with C. Get it? Can your travelers get through the alphabet, remembering all the items everyone contributed? Try keeping track of 23 items plus figuring out what you can take to a picnic that starts with X!

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