In theory, vacations are supposed to be a fun, stress-free break from every day life. But if you're part of a blended family, summer vacations get a bit more complicated. What could be more stressful than scheduling conflicts with exes, a car full of kids, and two flustered parents trying to referee from the front seat?

Knowing how stressful trips can be for stepfamilies can be, we reached out to a few blended family experts for their best advice on planning a vacation. Click through the slideshow below to read their advice, then email or tweet @HuffPostDivorce the three things you think parents in blended families need to know about planning a summer trip.

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