Road trips can be a blast, but road trips with kids can quickly turn into a nightmare if you haven’t planned ahead for some activities to keep your kids busy along the way. Bringing along activities and toys to occupy your kids can make the road trip more enjoyable for everyone involved and help to prevent many potential problems. Here are a few ideas of activities that are great to keep kids busy on a long road trip.
Kids are always more interested in things when they are new, so purchase some new toys, coloring books, word puzzles or other entertaining items to bring along. Be sure to bring a hard surface like a clipboard for them to draw or color on and plenty of sharpened pencils or crayons in case one breaks.
Games like Madlibs can be a lot of fun since everyone in the family can play along and it can help the time spent in the car to fly by. Another fun game that gets everyone involved is to try to see how many different state license plates you can spot on your trip.
If your kids are into reading and don’t get car sick a couple of new books can keep them entertained for a long time. Even picture books provide entertainment and keep little hands busy.
Taking tasty but nutritious snacks along works wonders toward calming kids and keeping them under control. Just be sure to avoid items that have a lot of sugar or caffiene since the last thing you want is for your kids to get overactive or hyper.
When it comes to electronic gadgets there are many items on the market that can keep kids busy for hours. Try an mp3 player so they can listen to their favorite tunes, a Game Boy or something similar to play video games on or any other electronic games that they enjoy. Just be sure that whatever they bring doesn’t beep, wistle, ding or make noise since after several hours of it you may find yourself pulling your hair out.
Unlike when I was a little, many of today’s cars come with built in DVD players. If you are lucky enough to have a built in DVD player in your car, pick up a couple of new DVD’s for the trip since they are terrific at keeping kids occupied.
If all else fails stop at an occasional road side pull out or historic point to let everyone out to stretch their legs. It may slow your trip down a little, but it can work wonders to soothe antsy kids and get them back under control. Try to allow enough time in your vacation schedule for unscheduled stops and breaks when needed to keep everyone from burning out instead of having fun.