Last week we looked at some ideas of things to bring to help make long car rides with babies and toddlers more bearable for the whole family. Similarly, we've been brainstorming on road trip items for traveling with somewhat older kids. You always have the best ideas so we hope you'll help us add to the list below.
• 1 With any luck your kids will zonk out on the ride for a while. Something like this Seat Belt Snoozer might help.
• 2 Your kids will hopefully be too busy during your vacation to write about it, but the long hours in the car is the perfect time to reflect and write down all the things they did and saw. This Road trip Activity Journal also includes some games.
• 3 We think a Car Litter Bag should probably always be in your car, but especially so on longer rides when there's lots of snacking going on.
• 4 The image of your family riding down Rt. 66, windows down, singing happily* is probably a bit of a fantasy and keeping your kids happy (or at least quiet) with a portable DVD player might be closer to reality. (You can attach it to the seat with one of these.)
• 5 You can only play Punchbug so many times, right? This card deck of ideas, 52 Fun Things To Do in the Car, might provide some inspiration.
• 6 Even as a kid, we loved to read in the car, but audio books can engage the whole family. Plan ahead and check some out from the library or purchase from Audible Kids.
• 7 A lap desk provides a bit more stability for drawing, doing puzzles and even reading. This one from Board Dudes has a dry erase top if you trust your kids with markers in the car.
• 10 Every car should have maps and your kids will especially appreciate one geared to them with large print, state-by-state facts and games.
(*Now that we think about it, a songbook would be a great thing to take on a road trip with kids.)