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For Babies: if Tim wasn't napping, he was busy playing with his toys or chewing on his Who Loves Baby book. We use a lot of those toy links to keep everything tied to his seat so nothing gets lost.
For Toddlers: we love Lace and Trace toys, Magnetic Dress-Up Dolls, and Mini Magna Doodles. I found some lace up animals in the Target dollar spot the week before we left...it took Abby some time to get the hang of them, but that kept her busy :) She loves drawing on the Magna Doodle and could use her magnets from the dress up dolls on there too. I brought a few books for her and just kept rotating the toys at each pit stop.
DIY Ideas: Some ideas for older kids that I'm definitely going to use in the future - I Spy bottle, Free Road Trip Printables, and a Cookie Sheet Magnet Board.
My family always played a "Find It" game when we traveled to Cincinnati every summer...it was a fun game for all ages (we were ranging from Pre-K to high school). Some of the items we had to find were: McDonald's with a Play Place, exactly 5 people in a car, a purple car, helicopter, birds on a wire, the entire alphabet, someone on a bike, a swimming pool... we had 40 items on the list, and bonus items in case of a tie. :) We once had a bonus of getting someone to wave to you, but I think my parents got annoyed with all six of us kids trying to get every semi to honk at us. ;)
Snacks: I love the Munchkin Snack Catchers! I use those for both kids, and attach them to everything (strollers, seats, etc) with the toy links. As for the snacks themselves, we love Goldfish, Annie's bunnies, Gerber puffs, and yogurt melts. I really try to limit snacks in the car, but sometimes you just need them! :)
Other Random Must Haves: wet wipes, portable trash can, first aid kit, hand sanitizer, and Tylenol (just in case ;) We don't have any iPads or DVD players, so we just listen to kid-friendly music. Our family loves Need to Breathe, Switchfoot, Taylor Swift, Gavin DeGraw, One Republic, and the Sound of Music soundtrack (my daughter could listen to that on repeat forever). Well, that is until she...
...finally drifts off! Hopefully, the kids will be doing a lot of this during the car ride too!
I'm not one for long road trips, but this one went so well, we might just take another one. ;) Any tips or tricks for surviving your travels with kids? What are some of your road trip favorites for little ones?
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