My kids love to travel. They are great in the car but they always tell me that their favorite part of going on a roadtrip is seeing what I’ve found to keep them busy.
First some tips for a road trip no matter what age:
- Do not give them everything you brought at once or at the beginning of the trip. Let the excitement of going somewhere fun wear off first.
- Wait to give them new things until you have to
- Try to anticipate a problem before it happens (frustration, boredom etc)
- Engage your kids. It’s easy to zone out on the road but try to play games with them take turns playing with each kid sperately etc.
- Plan for the worst. Have barf bags, extra paper towels etc on hand in case someone gets sick. The worst thing is to be scrambling for something for someone to get sick in
- Don’t set your expectations too high. Don’t expect them to play on their iPod or Nintendo DS happily the whole time. The people next to us on the plane to Hawaii only brought their 4 year old a video game and 1 year old 1 toy. My kids actually ended up entertaining theirs because the mom was about to rip her hair out.
- Have fun! Bring silly accessories, make up songs and stories, have a talk with an accent hour anything to make the trip more fun because all you can do when you’re stuck in the car and everyone is going crazy is laugh.
Here is what I packed my 8 and 10 year old for our most recent trip (besides the iPad/iPods with movies)
New coloring books (although those are more for me than them), sticker book, magazines, little toys (that weird looking guy is a puppet) pens, crayons, gum and a pack of activities/games that I printed out. Here’s what I included in that pack
- Activity Book from Spoonful
- Walt Disney World Theme Park Attractions Scramble
- Tic Tac Toe & Lines and Dots Game
- Disney Word Search
- Mickey Mad Lib
- Air Alderaan Starspeeder 1000 Paper Craft
- Printable Travel Game
- Our Hangman Printable
*Tip – use the fast draft or fast draft black and white to cut down on ink for projects like these when the quality doesn’t need to be 100%
All of these can be used as is with pencils/markers/crayons OR you can put them in sheet protectors and use with dry erase markers!
I made up this Hangman printable at their request and thought I’d share it here
We had some good tips on flying travel on our Facebook page yesterday if you want to add your own! Love that we can all get ideas from each other!
I also recently wrote some tips on an article for Care.com
Author: Allison Waken
Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!