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Conquer road trips with a kid-friendly, entertainment checklist

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Posted: Monday, July 7, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:37 am, Fri Sep 26, 2014.

(BPT) - Road trips can be tough. From the Cleavers to the Kardashians, being stuck in a crowded car for hours can be hard for any family – and while vacations are fun, surviving the trip is easier said than done. This year, as you haul the family on your annual road trip, remember the key to success lies in the ultimate entertainment toolkit.

Comcast knows the right entertainment can make or break a family road trip and has compiled a list of essential tips that will keep everyone smiling mile after mile.

Plan and prepare: A cross-country road trip is no time to improvise – especially when small children are involved. A week before you round-up the troops and hit the road, make a list and start gathering everything you’ll need for the trip. Sit down with your family to research your route and determine where you will want to stop. When traveling, being well prepared is the key to a smooth, stress-free trip.

Gear up: Technology is essential for the modern day road trip. Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices come in handy when keeping kids entertained. However, batteries drain fast, so come prepared with a reliable car charger and an extra-long cord for backseat drivers. Also, to avoid hearing your child’s playlist on repeat, don’t forget noise-cancelling headphones to filter outside noise for your little passengers while you focus on the road.

Ready, set, stream: With the right data plan, you can download a streaming TV app like XFINITY TV Go to keep your backseat passengers entertained with plenty of kid-friendly content and exclusive access to popular movies. These mobile apps are free through Comcast and only require login credentials. If you don’t want to use cellular data or rely on WiFi, avoid the headache and download your favorite movies and TV shows onto devices before hitting the road. Remember, a road trip is no time to get strict with your kids’ tablet time, but you can monitor what your children are doing by setting up parental controls on certain TV shows and movies before handing over the electronics.

The places you’ll go: Road trips offer a valuable time to bond with family, so take advantage. Try venturing down some scenic byways and country roads to find unique attractions, local cuisine and other memorable destinations on your route. Use Internet hotspots to download resources, apps and guidebooks that can help you find things that spark your interest. An Internet service like XFINITY WiFi enables customers to stay connected with access to more than 1 million hotspots around the country – so you can check-in even when you’re off the map.

For more information or to learn about available Comcast services for your road trip, check out www.comcast.com.

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