Since I have almost no experience with road trips, other than day trips, I asked my friend Lauryn of The Vintage Mom to share her experience. She’s taken her kids all over the U.S. including the Grand Canyon.
I was so excited to guest post for Barb when she told me about her Summer Family Fun party! Summer, family, and fun, are all things that go together in this house. It was perfect;)
Road trips are something that the Blakesley household welcomes with joy. We are no stranger to them. Between our tour of the Grand Canyon last year, and our trips to vacations with friends from afar, we are just prepping ourselves for “The Great American RV Trip” that we have had planned with friends since before we had children.
There is one thing that is necessary on a road trip with kids however…and NO, it is NOT a DVD player.
It would be “Kids Travel Kits.”
Before we head on the road for any length of time (or an airplane ride), I make sure to secretly pack 3 separate bags – one for each kid.
The golden rule: No one sees their bag before we hit the road.
This is a gigantic hit and it totally works!
Some of my favorite things to put in our Kids Travel Kits:
- Journal – Any old journal will do, but we loved this one last year. It is called a SmashFolio. It comes with a pen/glue stick and the kids would grab brochures from the places we went, cut out pictures or whatever pieces they wanted to include in their journals in between their writing.
- Highlights or High Five Magazine – I love the activities and stories in these magazines. We don’t have a subscription so I just picked one up at the store. But if you did have a subscription, just save the last issue for your trip!
- Travel Car BINGO – This is a hit! It can be used over.and over.and over again!
- Fresh Reading Material – Head to the local bookstore or used bookstore and grab some new titles for your kiddos to enjoy!
- New, fun snacks for the trip – My kids go crazy over this! They love that they have their own snack supply in their bag. I always try to find some really special snacks for the trip. We also bring along a bunch of healthy ones too. 😉
- Mini Lego Sets – When Target has their holiday sections (around Easter and Christmas), I always grab a few of their $3.99 bags that have a small Lego figure to build in it. There aren’t enough pieces to get lost. Stock up next time!
- Small Craft Kits – I hit up Michaels before we go and look in their dollar craft section. Crayons and mini coloring pages are a hit!
- Crayons – My biggest piece of advice is keep them in a baggie. You don’t want them to melt!
- License Plate Game – This one’s a classic. I can remember writing down all of the states in the beginning of the trip and then crossing them off as we went. This awesome Melissa and Doug puzzle is an option if you’re in the car!