There’s nothing like the open road in summertime – where you pack the cooler and the kids and head for the lake, the beach or the mountains. Trouble is gasoline prices are near record highs. What’s more, the travel organization AAA recently conducted a survey that showed summer travelers could experience a 5% increase in lodging and dining costs.

Before Going…

Buy what you can ahead of time, like sunscreen and first-aid supplies. That saves you from the high prices of convenience stores or hotel shops.

The family that travels together stays together – and for hours at a time. Download your favorite movies from your streaming services to watch when there’s no signal or wifi. Just make sure everyone has their own earphones. You could also borrow audio books from your local library. Other good bets: drawing supplies, books, magazines and hand-held video games.

Pack the snacks. Vacation travel without snacks in the vehicle is like vacation travel with a bunch of people saying, “I’m hungry.” Pack a cooler to keep the on-the-road complaints to a minimum and on-the-road food costs minimal.

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