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Road tripping with children is no easy endeavor. However, it can be one of the best family memories and loads of fun. Like camping, road trips with kids can be a blast when there is a bit of preparation and thought put into executing the trip well. Kids are pretty easy to please, and simply ensuring they are comfortable on the trip and have some fun distractions can go a long way!
We have taken our daughter traveling quite a bit. We love getting out of dodge and heading to beautiful places with majestic mountain peaks and clear rivers. We’ve learned that she is a great traveler, but we just need to go at an easier pace and keep her busy with lots of fun little games and activities. Soon enough, she would just simply drop them and gaze outside and listen to the music. That is always the best- when your kiddos finally just enjoy the ride.
Here are 3 easy tricks for making a road trip fun and memorable for your kids:
1. Creative snack packs
My daughter LOVES snacks. It is a rare treat for her to get something fun like a Capri Sun Fruit Punch, as her normal day to day beverage is water, or maybe a little Almond Milk. These Capri Suns Fruit Punch were a huge treat for her. I also took a fun little “Frozen” lunch box and put in some Triscuits Original, Wheat Thins Original, M&M’s Milk Chocolate and Quaker Oatmeal Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. This little fun snack pack is perfect for hungry moments between meals, and keeps snacks organizes without having to pull out big boxes. We also brought along some Sweet Mint Gum for after snacking! I loaded up on all my road trip snacks at Safeway. The employees there are so nice! Stocking up on good snacks before a road trip is essential, and often there are great deals for buying more than one or two at a time!
2. Road trip activity fun packs
I love small, educational, and fun activities to keep my daughter busy. I got most of these for $1 each, and grabbed a few books, markers, and Highlights magazines from her bedroom. This little fun pack got her super excited for the road trip, plus allowed her a place to “clean up” when she was done with an item. In her pack was a Strawberry Shortcake handheld pinball machine, a Highlights magazine, a pad of paper, markers, a board book, and a Dora the Explorer puzzle to-go. I also bring along her small action figures (Disney Magi clips and My Little Pony) in a small Ziploc bag, lots of great kids music, and several books.
3. Magnetic Tray and magnets
I just discovered the magic of magnetic trays for play on the go. A friend of mine at church uses an Altoids box filled with small, fun magnets to keep her daughter entertained during the sermon. I got this cute Dora the Explorer tray at a local thrift store. It is not only perfect for eating on a road trip, but it also doubles as a fun way to play! I have a little box of paper doll magnets that she can play with on her tray. I intend to get some more magnets for our next trip!
Do you have any other fun tips for making road trips with kids successful? What tricks, hacks, or advice do you have?
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