Sunday, August 16, 2009

How to do prepare - Road Trip

What is the best thing to do when preparing for a long car tip? Make a LIST.

List what you think you need. List what you hope you need. List what you might-possibly-but-probably-won't need.

When you travel with children you think you need so much to keep them occupied. You don't. What I do is let them pick their own toys they want to take. I tell Jack he has his backpack that he can put whatever he wants in it. He has to carry it, so I tell him not to make it too heavy. Then while we are on vacation he knows what toys he has. He plays well with them.

S is a bit too young to pick her own toys so we packed many different kinds of toys to keep her happy. And like any good little sister, all she wanted was whatever Jack was playing with.

For the car the best invention in the last 10 years is the portable dvd player. We use it as a last resort. When we have been in the car for 10 hours and they are a little bored with their toys but can't quite fall asleep. Boom! Bust out the dvd player and it will either just keep their interest or put them to sleep.

Another quality toy, Leap Frog LMAX learning pad. It is basically a Nintendo DS for kids. What is wrong with wonderful educational games? Nothing. AND it has a place for headphone jack. So when So was asleep J could still play without waking her up! Greatness!

It is cliche, I know. But the best things for the kids when on a long car trip: toys, movies and FOOD. It is kind of like traveling with some sort of caged animal behind you. If they start to get loud or dangerously active, just throw some food back that way and happiness resumes.

Until Next time...

1 comment:

Janette said...

Love it...especially the part about throwing food at them when they get crazy. :)