Traveling via car with my kids is common. I have to be very creative in what to pack so as not to rely on electronics all the time. I used to let my son choose his own activities at the dollar store but then soon realized that the element of surprise was gone. Then our new road trip tradition started….
- First piece of advice, buy a lap travel tray. What a lifesaver.
- Wrap any new items individually. Kids love surprises. Recycled wrapping paper works well.
- Visit your local dollar or craft store. Don’t buy random things, make sure to plan ahead. Some ideas of what I have bought:
Window clings – this allows the kids to make up their own stories and act them out on the window!
Books – comics for older children work well, activity, sticker and colouring books. Don’t forget pencil crayons or felts.
Stencils and stickers add a little variety from plain old colouring.
Something that I read online recently made me add some sticky notes to the package and it was hit with both my 6 & 2 yr old. Kids can make funny pictures and play them out for each other.
Kid friendly magazines such as Chickadee or National Geographic Kids.
Word searches are a hit in our house!
- Since we are at the beach a LOT in the summer, we often collect different seashells and rocks. Give the kids some crayons and stickers and let them decorate.
- I always bring along a travel etch a sketch or drawing board.
- Bring healthy snacks for on the trip. Preferably, choose snacks which don’t cause crumbs and are easy to pack, such as healthy granola, grapes, cheese strings, apples, fish crackers and cereal. Don’t forget the wipes!
- The good old school favourite of games that you can play while driving include ‘I Spy’ and ‘20 Questions’.
Lisa Bruce is a mother first and foremost to her 2 wonderful kids, wife, Placement Manager and owner of the newest Nannies on Call branch in the Okanagan.