I might post this on the community board as well, but you all seem very knowledgeable about kids and travel so I thought I'd post here first! My SO and I are leaving tomorrow morning for a 3-day, 2-night vacation with his kids- DD7 and DS almost 6. I have never traveled with kids before and need your tips! We are going to be driving 3.5 hours one-way, most likely with eating/rest breaks thrown in. What should I make sure that they have in the car? We don't have portable DVD players and have no way of borrowing them. They don't seem to get carsick; should I have plastic bags and buckets anyway,"just in case"? We are going to be staying in a resort area, with lots of gorgeous beaches and various (cost $, some more than others) kids' activities. What are some low-cost things that we could bring along to amuse them at the hotel and at the beach? What should we bring so that the kids aren't too anxious about staying in a hotel room and will be able to get a good sleep? These kids have NOT traveled much and have maybe stayed in a hotel once or twice, none in recent memory. Thank you all VERY much! This trip is very important to my SO, and to me too; for various reasons, he hasn't spent all that much time with his kids in the past 3 years. Now that I came into his life, it's much easier for him to be able to do things with them. I adore these kids and love spending time with them!