Christmas is all about family but that often means travel. We're
fortunate enough to not have to travel across the country to be
with our relatives but we do have to spend a few hours in the
Holiday travel is already difficult but with kids it can be
downright brutal. We don't have DVD players or video games in the
car so being prepared helps us to make our road trips tolerable and
sometimes even fun!
We always make sure we have the essentials - diapers, wipes,
change of clothes for the younger kids, sippy cups or water
bottles, snacks and lots of activities to keep the kids busy. Here
are some of the ideas that work well for our kids:
Books: Even if the kids are too young to read,
picture books or lift-the-flap books are perfect for entertaining
Crayons, coloring books and blank paper: This
stuff alone generally keeps my kids busy for hours.
Travel games: Depending on their age, kids can
play games like the license plate game (try to find license plates
from as many states as possible), the alphabet game (find letters
in the alphabet on signs or cars) or I Spy.
Navigation: Create a map for the kids to
follow. Older children can follow along by identifying streets. For
younger children, you can include landmarks they can find on the
I-Spy books or I-Spy bottles: I made my own
I-Spy bottles with the kids. We had fun making them and they like
playing with them in the car.
Busy books: You can make your own or buy some
really fun ones on Etsy.com that
allow kids to do fun activities like lace up shoes, create scenes
with Velcro pieces or play magnetic games.
What tips or tricks do you have to make holiday travel with kids
Sara Parisi is an on-the-go mom of three energetic boys.
See more of Sarah's stories here.
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