Welcome to our new series, Family Vacation Road Trip Planning! If you missed last week’s installment, Family Vacation Road Trip Planning: Departure Time, go read it first. Over the next few weeks, you’ll get tried and true tips for planning the best family vacation road trip from a mom of 4.
Road Trip Kid Entertainment
I can not begin to stress the importance of investing in a portable DVD player if your vehicle is not equipped with one. These can be a lifesaver during road trips.
If you are one of those parents that does not believe in overexposure to movies, a road trip may be the time to bend the rules and make an exception. Bring a few favorite movies from home and if possible, rent some new ones that your kids haven’t seen, so they’ll keep their attention.
After rest stop play breaks, sleeping and DVD movies, there will still be idle time during a long distance road trip. It’s a good idea to fill an individual backpack for each child. Stuff it full of their favorite activities: handheld games, coloring books and crayons, stickers, toys, activity sets, etc.
If your budget allows, invest in a few new items to present to them just as they begin to reach meltdown status. With a quick trip to the dollar store you can stock up on a bunch of items to keep them entertained for under $20. Using your discretion, dispense items at different times throughout the trip. I-spy, name games and just about any activity that involves the entire family is great for keeping kids engaged and happy.
What are your favorite ways to keep kids entertained in the car during family vacation road trips? Let us know in the comments below!
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