Do you like to take road trips, but sometimes the thought of the endless “are we there yet” questions or “I need to go potty” statements coming from your children every 15 minutes make you think twice about driving anywhere out of town?
I have found a way to keep these questions at bay!
For every road trip that we take that is longer than 45 minutes or so, I pack “The Road Trip Kit”. Now, this may sound simple enough, but trust me, it will make al the difference!
The contents of this kit vary depending on the age of the child using it. For my baby, the kit is very minimal, since she is not eating any solids and is just starting to learn how to hold her toys and teething rings. For her, I bring a couple frozen teething rings, a few of her toys that she likes, and the basic diaper bag essentials. She is a no-brainer right now since she is so little still.
My 5 year old is a whole different story! This child needs something to occupy her little mind that is in constant motion. To keep her occupied, I use her school backpack and fill it with books, coloring supplies, her favorite stuffed animals, a blanket and some snacks. I try to have an activity book for her to do as well – one with puzzles, mazes, and crossword puzzles. She loves trying to figure them out!
I also like to have a couple different games that we can play in the car. There are the usual ones we play like “I Spy” or “20 Questions”, but I also like to have one or two other games ready to go, because lets face it, who really wants to play I Spy for hours on end, am I right? I will either draw or print out a Bingo board, but instead of the usual numbers, I will have images like trees, flowers, a truck, etc. on it for her to find while we are driving along.
Another game that I like to do for her is to create her very own “map” of our travels. For example, if we are traveling to the grandparent’s house (which is a little over an hour away from us), I will draw a map that has recognizable landmarks for her to follow along with us as we go. This really eliminates the “are we there yet” questions because she can see how far we have left to go. I will usually only do this for trips that are longer than an hour or two because it can be a bit time consuming to make a map for every trip!
Having so many options of activities for her to do in the car really does make it a smoother road trip for all of us!
CHECKLIST FOR “THE ROAD TRIP KIT”
- Coloring book and crayons
- Books to read
- Blanket and/or stuffed animal to sleep with
- A special toy to bring in the car
Whether you are going on a short day trip somewhere, or spending a few days out of town, have The Road Trip Kit will be one of the best choices you’ve made!