ROANOKE, Va. -

If you've seen the "Vacation" movies, you might relate to the drama that often happens during family road trips.

With some extra planning, though, traveling with kids can go a lot smoother.

Bringing inexpensive new toys and games can make a big difference. Macaroni Kid Roanoke publisher Jamie Clark recommends handing out a new item to kids about every hour or so on a long road trip, just to keep things new and interesting.

Clark also suggest bringing along extra snacks, in case you run into some unexpected traffic or delays.

And eat meals in the car, so that you only take rest stop breaks. That allows kids to get out and stretch their legs a bit, and you don't lose too much travel time.

You'll find more family travel tips, along with more ideas to keep your kids busy this summer in the calendar section of Macaroni Kid Roanoke.