Wow- have you ever noticed how much easier it is to travel as your kids get older? Now that we don’t have a baby anymore and we don’t need to stop so often, road trips aren’t bad at all. In fact, we recently flew to Disney (first time flying there) and we both agreed that we would rather just drive the 10 hour drive than fly again. Flying is just so much more stressful when you have kids than driving and being on your own schedule (just my opinion) 🙂
However… the thing that makes both of these easier is being prepared for your trip. We are planning a trip back to PA in the next few months (Mickey & I grew up there) and we are already talking about what we need to take in order to make the trip as easy as possible. I wanted to share those with you:
I will never again travel without headphones. The kids use them for their iPods, tablets and leapsters. We gave our kids an early Christmas gift this year and gave them Puro headphones. We love them because they protect children/young adults from Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, but don’t sacrifice quality with the studio-grade sound they provide. Plus, they were named The Best Kids Headphones” by the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute and are very highly reviewed by customers and professional reviewers. The prices run from $29.99 – $149.99, which is about half the price of competitions. Plus they offer studio-grade sound quality AND safe listening levels, so it’s a win-win. (enter their giveaway here)
*Note: don’t get the in-ear earbuds. They can damage your child’s hearing. Read more here.
2. Buy or borrow a special toy just for this trip!
This could be a new notebook and a pen or crayons. It could be a new DVD (you can borrow DVD’s from your local library for free). Our library lets us take out 6 movies at a time and you can keep them for a week- perfect for a vacation (or renew them and have two weeks)or a new hand-held game.
Here is a great trick for keeping your crayons organized for the car trip: Recycle a Parmesan cheese container and clean it out as a great place to store crayons. It’s easy & contains the mess.
3- Keep cleaning supplies in the car
It is also a good idea to have paper towels, carpet cleaner (spot shot is our favorite), garbage bags or plastic grocery bags and a few hand-towels for spills or for sickness. You may also want to have one extra pair of clothes, within reach (not packed in a suitcase), for each person in case they make a mess of their first outfit (in case of car sickness). This has happened to us before and it happened to my friend (Kristy, guest-author of the post on Kindergarten readiness) when they had a six-hour drive ahead of them. Her five-year-old (at the time) daughter suffers from motion-sickness and they were very much in need of their cleaning supplies on their trip! Here is my list of what we keep in the car.
When we are traveling, I always have a cooler with us. I keep a few drinks (not too many or we will have to take too many stops at rest areas). cI usually take the kids to the grocery store a few days before we leave to buy some “special snacks” for the car that we do not normally keep at home. (Cookies, cheese curls… special treats!) We actually keep our snacks in a rainbow loom box.
5. A portable DVD player.
If you don’t have one built into the car, I suggest getting this. My in-laws got these for the kids a few years ago and we use them on every single trip. I take the kids to the library to get a movie (they each pick out two) and then we set them up in the car with a blanket (their choice), their Puro Headphones and their own Rainbow Loom Snack tray. It’s kind of like luxury, right? Being a kid and having someone else getting everything prepared for you? I was just telling Jack that sometimes I wish I could be a kid again and have my parents taking care of me… 🙂
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- The sweepstakes runs through 11/28 and the winner will be announced on Giving Tuesday, 11/29.