Do not expect your child to sit placidly in a car seat for a 15-hour drive. Even with all of these preventative strategies to entertain your child, things happen. Consider your child’s needs and set realistic goals for how far you’ll travel each day. Take extra time if needed and break the trip up if possible. Plan to spend the night in a hotel, or take the scenic route and turn it into a mini-vacation where your family can enjoy a few sights along the way. Trying to rush travel can lead to more stress and anxiety and increases the chances for something to go wrong or for you to forget something. Take some deep breaths and relax. And remember to bring some soft music for the drive to help you unwind, especially if you get caught in a traffic jam.