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Brothers George and Henry take time out to relax in a fun hammock in a cabin in Beattyville, Kentucky. Their mom, Donna, shares some practical tips for travel with two boys.
Your favorite baby or child-friendly activity there: There wasn't anything child-specific to do there, we were in a cabin up in the hills...so we went for walks, enjoyed nature and the peace and quiet!
Your best tip or words of wisdom for traveling with kids: Our older son is 5 and very much into maps/states. Before we left, we showed him the route we were taking so on the way down there, he was on the lookout for signs. We also bought an atlas so we could show him our progress as we drove. Getting him excited about the trip was a good way to help a long drive seem less tedious. It also helped that I packed a few surprise goodies to dole out when boredom struck. Simple things, like rainbow crayons, a special book were a welcome surprise for them.
Your favorite way to make it feel like home: We brought a few of their favorite toys, but they were so excited to check out the cabin and surroundings that they really paid no attention to them. The cabin had board games and such, and George (on the right) discovered checkers!
An item you MUST take with you when traveling: The absolute best thing we brought were place mats that I found online that you could write on with dry erase markers. We also had books that you can use dry erase markers on, and that kept Henry (on the right) very happy during most of the driving. It took us about 7 hours to get to our destination.
Thanks for sharing, Donna! Next time we're on a long road trip, we'll be sure to take some place mats and dry erase markers.
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