Days Inns - Canada

Days Inns - Canada

July 16, 2008 14:04 ET

Road Trip Essentials from Days Inns-Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 16, 2008) - With the summer right around the corner, it's time to start planning for the much-anticipated family road trip. To help you and your kids survive the summer drive, here are some essential tips to ease the stress and make your family vacation a trip to remember.

1. Involve Your Kids From The Start: To help create excitement, get the kids involved in the planning process. Set aside a couple of nights to plan the trip together and allow your kids to map out stops along the way.

2. Plan Ahead: It's never too early to book your summer accommodations! Make your reservations well ahead of time and look for national hotel chains that cater to families, such as Days Inn hotels where kids 12 and under stay free when sharing a room with an adult.

3. Fun For All Ages: Pack a special travel bag full of favourite items such as games, plush toys, activity booklets, CDs and electronics. These items will help time fly by and keep kids entertained for hours.

4. Snack Attack: Be sure to pack an assortment of snacks to keep the kids from getting hungry between meals. Make the car ride memorable with special treats that they don't usually get at home.

5. Say Cheese! Don't forget to pack a disposable or digital camera for the kids. Let them help create memories by taking plenty of pictures - you'll return from a great trip with pictures that captured the moments.

6. Schedule Stops Along The Way: Make the road trip exciting and take advantage of sights along the way. Plan routine breaks so that the whole family can burn off some energy. Before you leave check out the 'route planner' on for great route ideas.

7. Avoid Disappointment: Remember to book entertainment, family attractions and outdoor adventures well in advance. Summer time is a busy time, but with a little advanced planning you can avoid unexpected hassles.

8. Comfort Counts: Long hours on the road can get the kids feeling restless. Don't over pack the car with too many bags and make sure they have enough room for personal space. Save room for the kids to pack a pillow - it makes all the difference during a long car ride!

9. Safety First: No matter what the distance, make sure all passengers buckle up. If you are travelling with smaller kids, ensure they are secured with seat belts and child safety seats.

10. Be Prepared For The Road Ahead: Always carry an emergency kit and keep it stocked with the basics like first-aid supplies, extra water, blankets, flares and a flashlight.

Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling 1 800 DAYS INN.

About Days Inns - Canada

Days Inns - Canada is one of the country's leading hotel chains with over 90 independently owned and operated properties and over 8,100 rooms. Its franchises cover a wide range of urban, airport and resort properties in primary and secondary markets across Canada. Days Inns - Canada participates in the Wyndham RewardsSM guest reward program, which is free to join and offers points that can be redeemed at a host of retail and travel partners including Aeroplan and Canadian Tire. Realstar Hotel Services Corp. is the master franchisor of the Days Inn brand in Canada. Days Inn Worldwide, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group, one of three principal components of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), which encompasses more than 6,550 hotels and 551,000 rooms worldwide in 59 countries. All hotels are owned individually and operated independently or by Wyndham Hotel Management. For more information about Days Inns - Canada, to make a reservation or to become a Wyndham RewardsSM member, please visit or call the bilingual reservations hotline at 1-800 DAYS INN (1-800-329-7466).

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