As the holidays approach, you may find yourself on a trip over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house. 🙂 Many of us will be traveling hundreds of miles to celebrate with our loved ones. Our family spends LOTS of time in the van these days, so I thought I’d compile a little list of things that make road trips easier with little ones. I would love to hear your ideas and tips as well! Please comment below to share your favorite sanity savers for travel with kids!
- A clean slate – Before you bring out the first suitcase, start by cleaning out those crumpled Sunday School papers, lost french fries, and empty water bottles. Vacuum if you can. Restock Kleenex, hand sanitizer, and other little necessities.
- Grocery sacks – Here’s a great way to use some of those annoying plastic grocery bags! Fold a few up and put them inside the glove box, or a seat back pocket. We have a small travel trash can with pockets on the side for extra bags. Whenever you stop for gas, round up all the trash and replace with a new liner. (Keep a few in your diaper bag for accidents and stinky diapers.)
- A book or two – Borrow an “I Spy” book from your local library. These keep mine busy for quite a while! Read a chapter book to them. We worked our way through Mr. Popper’s Penguins and now we’re in a C.S. Lewis book. Audiobooks are fun for when you’re behind the steering wheel.
- DVD’s – of course! While you’re at the library getting a book, pick up a few DVD’s to mix it up from your usual supply.
- A fun surprise – We pick up Dollar Tree toys or candies to surprise the kids with before a long trip. Save them for half way through to brighten moods.
- Food caddies – I don’t know what else to call them haha! I have found them at Target and Big Lots. They’re great for little hands that can’t balance an entire happy meal in their laps. The small sections hold a juice box perfectly. The other small side is for fries or apple slices, and the large section is just right for a tasty cheeseburger! Be sure you get plastic ones so you can toss them in the dishwasher.
- Grown-up entertainment – You got the kids books and dvd’s…don’t forget a little something fun for you as well! I love to listen to podcasts and music, so I can’t leave home without my earbuds. Splurge on your favorite candy bar or snack. Don’t forget one for your hubby, too! Grab a book you’ve been meaning to read or a sewing project that needs finished. Sit back and relax (as much as is possible lol).
Well, that wraps up my top list of travel must-have’s! It’s your turn to share now! Comment below and tell us what you do to keep everyone happy on the highway!