There isn't much a simple shoe organizer can't do. If you happen to have one at home, toss out your footware before vacation and repurpose it in the car. It's a great way to compartmentalize your kids' stuff, giving them options and choices to keep your summer travels entertaining. Martha Stewart might not have been the first one to think of this idea, but she sure does make it look pretty! Add their favorite stuffed animals, small books, maybe even a new toy, game, or snack.
If you have a child who gets into everything, try putting small clocks on the front and giving them a watch. Each time a new time comes up they can have the next toy. We're sure you'll all be singing fun family car tunes and playing road games in addition to this, but sometimes, especially during stressful highway interchanges, it can be a great way to keep them occupied while you secretly freak out that you're missing your exit.