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Myrtle Beach Travel Tips: Keeping Kids Entertained in the Car

If you’ve ever taken a road trip with kids, you know how tough it can be. In fact, there’s a good chance you have a couple of gray hairs that can be traced back to a road trip with children … perhaps you felt it sprout somewhere around the 300th “are we there yet?” 

You know there’s nothing that can be done to magically turn a road trip with kids into a perfectly awesome experience. Sometimes, there will be meltdowns, and sometimes there will be messes. So first, stuff a roll of paper towels and some wet-wipes under the passenger seat, then put together this arsenal of child-entertainment techniques that may (we sincerely hope) help make your next drive to Myrtle Beach a smooth one.

• Pack a kitchen timer.
If you have more than one kid, but only one of a prized toy (electronics such as iPads seem to be the most sought-after items in our cars), you’ll want a timer. If you want to limit screen time, a timer can come in handy. And you can also use it to play some games (see next bullet).

• Be ready with a variety of games.
You’ll want an array of games you can play with the whole family (20 questions, license plate games, iSpy) and games the kids can play on their own. Pack Mad Libs, crossword puzzles, books and magazines … pack more games than you think you’ll need, and keep a list handy of games you can play to keep the ride fun.

• Try audiobooks.
If you have movie capabilities in your vehicle, you already know what a help they can be to keep kids calm. But if you don’t, and your kids enjoy being read to, consider an audiobook that the family can enjoy together. There are fantastic recordings of books that everyone can enjoy together, including classics like Roald Dahl’s Matilda and new classics such as Harry Potter. Save money by checking out either CDs or MP3s from your local library.

• Remember to stay hydrated and keep sugar to a minimum.
It’s easy to give into the temptation to keep kids quiet by letting them snack on stuff they love like ice cream and soda, but you know you’ll pay for it later with the inevitable crash. And while letting the kids drink a bunch of water may mean more restroom breaks, at least the restroom breaks are a chance to make the kids chase each other and run off some excess energy!

We hope these tips help make your next trip to Myrtle Beach and Atlantica Resort a smooth one!

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