If you are a parent that is planning on taking your children across the country in a car, there is a good chance that you're trying to figure out the best way to make sure that your children don't kill each other on the way there out of sheer boredom. Here are some tips for simple things that you can do ahead of time to make sure that your kids stay calm on the days-long trip.

1. Upgrade Their Data Plans

For one month, upgrade your children's data plans to unlimited. The reason for this is that it will allow them to search for articles online, read books, watch movies, and play games without killing your phone bill. See if there are prepaid options so that you don't accidentally get charged for unlimited more than the month that contains your trip. This will show your children that you are also willing to work with them. For extra points, buy each of your children an extra battery for their respective phones and bring along a power strip so that any rest stops that you make don't turn into battles for who is able to use the two available outlets. Have enough outlets for everyone.

2. Install a Mobile Video System

The next thing that you need to do is have someone come out to install a mobile video system. This is your best option if your car is newer and you are going to have it for many years. It is also excellent for young children. Your best option is to get a combination unit, which contains a screen that is mounted to the roof of your vehicle and a head unit, which will allow you to play DVDs or Blu-ray disks. This will allow you to get the viewing functionality that you need with one simple call to a custom video installation expert. 

You will also need to take audio into consideration. If you, the driver, do not want to hear the explosions or irritatingly high voices of a children's movie, you are going to want to opt for an audio situation that is going to allow you to listen to your own music. You can get wireless headsets that the video player can broadcast to. Be sure that you bring extra batteries so that the headphones don't wear down mid-trip and won't work anymore.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in custom video installation.