July 26, 2012 15:41 ET

Summer Road Trip and Vacation Survival Guide

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 26, 2012) - LifeStyle Mom, Dana Hilmer, shares with you on how to survive your summer road trip!

When you travel, use a credit card that offers rewards and incentives on purchases. Chase Freedom helps cardholders earn money while spending it! From now through September 30, Chase Freedom cardholders earn 5 percent cash back on up to $1,500 in purchases at restaurants and gas stations, when they activate now through September 14. And for all other purchases, cardholders earn 1 percent cash back year round. Who doesn't like earning money while vacationing?

For the car ride, and to prevent the kids from whining "are we there yet?" keep some games on hand. Sesame Street: Elmo's Musical Monsterpiece for Nintendo DS is the perfect road trip companion. It's fun, easy, and educational and will get the little ones dancing along in their car seats. What's great about this game is that it was developed with Sesame Workshop, so it's from a name you trust. And for even more fun when back at home, it's also available for Wii systems. It sells for only $19.99 at major retailers.

The fun doesn't have to stop when you pull the car back into your driveway. A great way to preserve your summer vacation memories is by making a photo book. Don't let all those photos sit around collecting digital dust! is incredibly user-friendly and affordable while delivering a superior quality photo book. You can choose from five different sizes and there is a convenient feature where you can upload your photos straight from Instagram, Facebook or Picasa and even your iPhone. They offer more than 100 photo book design styles. Shutterfly photo books start at just $12.99 for a 5x7. An 8x8 photo book, Shutterfly's most popular, starts at just $19.99!

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