We love us a road trip in the family. Ever since the hubby and I started dating and had to travel back and forth to our families we have embraced the road trip in all its glory.
One would think that kids might have put a damper in our road tripping ways. But we have just decided that if they want to roll with this family they need to get with the road tripping program. And so far? They seem to be all in.
Now when you drive a car with no discernable entertainment system (outside of books, mom and dad and the open road) you need to become a bit creative. Sure we could buy some portable DVD players, but we prefer to go old school. And with our first summer road trip coming up in a few weeks it is time to dust off our road trip tips.
- Embrace the Book: We always make a library run before a trip. our kids love to read and even Silas how is too little to “read” will look at the same book over and over for quite some time. You can have them read to each other. You can read to them. You can even grab a book on tape (or I hear they have CDs in some of the newer fancy cars). My bonus tip is to make sure the library books are all put in the library book bag before exiting the car so none get left behind in a random hotel stop.
- Map It!: My kids love looking at a map to see where we are going. It also helps alleviate the constant “Are we there yet?” question. Unfortunately it isn’t a cure all. That will still be asked approximately 284 times. My friend Tricia at Once a Month Mom has a brilliant idea on the map theme that is definitely worth checking out.
- Create a Road Trip Bag: Hit the dollar store and buy some little games, crafts, trinkets for the road. Through some snacks in there as well. The point is anything new is awesome. I know crafts seem counterintuitive, but if you make up a little bag of crayons and markers and pack a clipboard I think you will find kids can color and draw for hours. Better yet have them draw what they see out their windows.
- Go “Older” School: Our personal fave is the alphabet game. Which Hannah has morphed into the number game and….. color game. Yeah that one is…… interesting. But we also have this awesome License Plate Game by Melissa and Doug. Don’t forget I Spy or the other alphabet game where you have to find objects that start with each letter of the alphabet.
- Let Your Kids Be Your Guide: Let them pack their road trip back pack (within reason). Often times my kids pack some weird stuff that I look at and think, “That is ridiculous and unnecessary”. But then they end up making something fun out of it that entertains them for a stretch of time. Also don’t interrupt whatever weird thing they are doing peacefully and quietly to impose your own idea of “awesome road trip” time. Sometimes they come up with crazy fun ideas that waste an hour of time. And sometimes, SOMETIMES, you just need to roll with their insane idea to make up works to songs involving bodily functions and lots of giggles. Sometimes you just need to embrace the crazy.
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What is your favorite road trip tip?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Purolator, maker of an air filter that can be installed in your car to make the cabin air cleaner and safer to breathe. I was compensated for my time in writing this post, but all tips, tricks and general love of road trips are all my own. As is my love of air guitar while taking said road trip. This post is linked up to Works for Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.