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Stephanie Keet

is marketing director for JTJ Restaurants LLC, which includes Petit & Keet and Paninis & Company in Little Rock along with seven Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe’s in Arkansas. She’s mom to two adorable boys, Holden, 8, and Dashiell, 3. She and her husband, Jake, enjoy traveling with their kids to Destin, FlA., three or four times a year along with other educational trips. They just finished a quick trip to Texas that included visiting the Alamo, city tours and watching game seven of the NBA Western Division playoffs in Houston.

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 If you are stopping for the night somewhere during your trip, pack an overnight bag with a change of clothing for your family and toiletries so you don’t have to pull everything out of the car for one night.

If you are stopping for the night somewhere during your trip, pack an overnight bag with a change of clothing for your family and toiletries so you don’t have to pull everything out of the car for one night.

 Save yourself from reaching in the backseat constantly by setting up a travel tray with everything your little one needs within their reach. 

Save yourself from reaching in the backseat constantly by setting up a travel tray with everything your little one needs within their reach. 

 
 Get the whole family into a game of travel bingo!

Get the whole family into a game of travel bingo!

 This Color Blast art pad is lots of fun with no mess!

This Color Blast art pad is lots of fun with no mess!

 Amazon sells Kindle Fire HD 8 for $60 and if you are a Prime member you can download videos on to it for hours. A favorite for our youngest would be Team Umizoomi, but we also include movies both kids can watch, like “Star Wars.” 

Amazon sells Kindle Fire HD 8 for $60 and if you are a Prime member you can download videos on to it for hours. A favorite for our youngest would be Team Umizoomi, but we also include movies both kids can watch, like “Star Wars.” 

 We always travel with a sound machine. It’s incredibly hard to fall asleep with four people in the same room and outside noises could make for a poor night’s sleep.  If you are in a condo and in separate rooms, I always put the sound machine with our youngest so we can stay up later without waking him. They are cheap, portable and make a huge difference.

We always travel with a sound machine. It’s incredibly hard to fall asleep with four people in the same room and outside noises could make for a poor night’s sleep.  If you are in a condo and in separate rooms, I always put the sound machine with our youngest so we can stay up later without waking him. They are cheap, portable and make a huge difference.

 Make sure to get “kids” headphones that actually fit. Nothing is worse than adjusting headphones on a toddler for 10 hours. 

Make sure to get “kids” headphones that actually fit. Nothing is worse than adjusting headphones on a toddler for 10 hours. 

 We love the variety of Toca Boca apps!  Download engaging games designed from the child’s perspective. Our favorites include Toca Doctor, Toca Kitchen Monsters and Toca Hair Salon.

We love the variety of Toca Boca apps!  Download engaging games designed from the child’s perspective. Our favorites include Toca Doctor, Toca Kitchen Monsters and Toca Hair Salon.

 Pack snacks. I typically pack a bag of snacks from our pantry in order to not waste food. We also always bring an ice chest full of waters and milk. 

Pack snacks. I typically pack a bag of snacks from our pantry in order to not waste food. We also always bring an ice chest full of waters and milk.