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“How much longer?”
Raise your hand if you’ve heard one or all three of these phrases on a long family road trip. *Me, raising my hand* I’ve been known to say one or two of those things when I was younger… now I know how annoying these questions and statements are. Thankfully, my younger brothers haven’t asked that question in quite a while.
On our family road trips, we’ve learned to always bring a backpack full of stuff that we know would occupy ourselves on a 7 or more hour trip. Each of as, as we grew older, would be responsible for his/her own bag. It was always a nice thing to know how long the trip lasted, so we could pack accordingly.
Books & activities to keep your children entertained on trips
Boredom is one of the worst things on car trips. Here are a list of “boredom busters” to keep everyone happy for the road…
- Do you let your children watch movies in your vehicle? Stop my a Redbox kiosk (in any state) and rent a movie. Once you’ve reached your destination OR need something new to entertain your kiddos, drop the movie off at any Redbox kiosk station and TA-DA! Easy and cheap entertainment.
- Traveling Tip: Have a clip board for each child. Works great for a writing desk or small table! (Color code your children. My brothers and I have always had a designated “color” and it has stopped many arguments about whose is whose.)
- Stuck in traffic? Pull out those clip boards and play License Plate I Spy!
- Or you can play Restaurant I Spy or the Alphabet Game.
- Color. I loved bringing a small baggie of crayons and a coloring book. It was a way to absorb my creativity into something, while sitting and doing nothing.
- Listen to an story on CD. This is one of my family’s favorite things to do on long car ride. It passes a lot of time.
- If you have a little one with you and they can’t always take a nap, bring some music to soothe the atmosphere. This has always helped us.
- For some family fun, Mad Libs are always something to do.
- Stopping on the way to get some lunch? Keep the food all nice and organized for the trip with these nifty baskets. (To see examples, check this post out from Lookie What I Did)
- National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas
- Road Trip Trivia
- Kids Travel: A Backseat Survival Kit
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