As a road-trip baby myself, I can vouch for Mike’s travel hack:
Traveling over the Thanksgiving weekend, I was reminded of why it can be really nice to stop at truck stops while traveling with the family:
1) The food’s usually pretty good. Yeah, some places have had fast food restaurants take over, but the ones that do their own diner-style cooking can be quite tasty. Also, they usually serve breakfast anytime, and what kid doesn’t want pancakes for dinner?
2) Trucks. Lots of big rigs for the kids to look at up close.
3) All kinds of interesting things to look at in the store.
4) The cleverest idea of all (and I’ve seen these at rest stops as well) is to grab a copy of the free magazine that sells trucks or tractors. Pictures and pictures of tractors and/or trucks, good for hours of fun. Put it back after the meal if you feel bad about taking it from someone who might actually buy something.