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11 Holiday Travel Hacks To Keep Everyone Happy On The Road

Traveling during the holidays can be wonderful... if you know what you're doing. Ford wants to help you have a safe and wonderful holiday road trip.

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1. Before the trip, pack pre-put-together, portable snacks.

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Think easy-to-eat foods that fit in a sandwich bag. Here are some ideas.

2. And plan meal stops ahead of time.

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Sure, the kids would LOVE fast-food pizza for every meal, but give them something even better. Here are some tips that will help you find great places to eat along your route.

3. The night before you leave, use cooking spray to keep the car doors from freezing shut.

Also, to earn the eternal admiration of your kids, because that is a COOL idea. Get more info here.
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Also, to earn the eternal admiration of your kids, because that is a COOL idea. Get more info here.

4. Or, if you forget to do that, use hand sanitizer to quickly unlock a frozen car door.

Still cool, and it works. Here are some more tricks for sticky lock situations.
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Still cool, and it works. Here are some more tricks for sticky lock situations.

5. Encourage kids (and everyone!) to dress in layers — discarded sweaters can be used as pillows for those crucial car naps.

A well-rested traveler is a happy traveler.
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A well-rested traveler is a happy traveler.

6. Pretty wrapping is easily destroyed on a long ride — store wrapped gifts in a shower caddy to keep them organized and safe!

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This also can be used as a buffer between two backseat riders.

7. If it's a long drive and kids are bursting with excitement, let them each open one gift in the car.

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Bonus: Then they'll have a new toy to keep them occupied till you get there.

8. Or, keep the kids entertained by tracking Santa's Christmas Eve progress.

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He usually makes great time! Try Google's Santa Tracker for on-the-nose reporting on Santa's whereabouts.

9. Be sure you're stocked up on holiday tunes.

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You may not be able to bring a trumpet, but you can definitely bring a full music library and some serious pipes.

10. When you get to where you're going, park facing east for a natural defrost.

The closer you are to the sun, the more melty the snow gets and the easier your car cleanup is. It's science!
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The closer you are to the sun, the more melty the snow gets and the easier your car cleanup is. It's science!

11. Before you head in for holiday fun, use socks as windshield wiper covers.

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Don't just prop up your wipers; go the extra mile and cover them with a pair of old socks. It will further protect the wipers from snow and ice that accumulates while you're celebrating. Happy Holidays!

Here’s to the holidays. And the moments that make them.

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