Tuesday Travel Tip…
I don’t know about you… but I love road trips. And as a parent… I’ve learned a few tips along the way that have made travelling with children… especially small children much more enjoyable. For instance…
Road Trip Tip #1 Books on Tape… or CD. Preferably ones your children have not listened to before. One summer we drove down to Southern California (22 hour drive) and we must have played From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler about 4 times… It was such an engrossing tale of how a brother and sister ran away to NYC and hid out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art that my kids wanted to listen to it over and over again. Another favorite was Junie B. Jones. Having a stash of audiobooks packed for the journey… can be a lifesaver 🙂
Road Trip Tip #2 Snacks…. Hello…. I probably don’t even have to tell you that right?
Road Trip Tip #3 Start early… or late at night when you know your kids will be sleeping… Do this and you’ll be able to log a few miles down the road before you have to resort to tip #4.
Road Trip Tip #4 The 50 mile game… A few weeks before your trip… head over to the dollar store and see what you can find. Crossword puzzles, decks of cards, frisbees, green army men, journal books, goofy eye glasses, stickers, disposable cameras ect. Wrap a bunch of “treasures” in recycled wrapping paper and for every 50 miles you are able to drive in peace and quiet (no squabbling allowed) each time you hit the 50 mile mark… let each child pick something out of the treasure box.
Road Trip Tip #5 Pack games! Because you can only pack so many reading books before they start to get restless… how about packing a few car games like License Plates Across the States or Travel Bingo.
Road Trip Tip #6 Let them run… Since you packed all those yummy snacks before you left home… there will be no need to stop at Mc Donalds to eat… right 🙂 Instead of stopping at a fast food restaurant pull into a rest stop instead. Most rest stops have plenty of room for a quick game of frisbee, a round of jump rope or to blow bubbles. This way everyone gets to stretch their legs… for free!
And lastly… pack a Kids’ Road Atlas or printed map from home along with a sparkly pen so they can follow along and most importantly… so you don’t have to keep answering the question… “Are we there yet?” every 10 minutes 🙂
How about you? What are your tried and true road trip tricks?