Family road trips can be a lot of fun, but they can also be quite a trial if the proper preparations are not made. The good news is just following a handful of simple tips can turn a potential disaster into a stress-free and enjoyable experience for all the family. Checking that the car is in full working order is a very good idea before you even set out on your trip. Breakdowns are always a bad thing, but getting stranded in the middle of nowhere with young children is a particularly catastrophic situation you should do everything you can to avoid. Make sure that everything aspect of the vehicle is up to par, including the air conditioning, windshield wipers and tires. A first aid kit also needs to be assembled prior to commencing the trip. Ensure it is packed with antiseptic ointment, necessary medications, baby wipes, toilet paper, Band-Aids, and fever reducer. It is also a good idea to plan some fun events for the kids en route, such as stopping at fun locations like amusement parks and children’s museums.