Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Road Trip Essentials!


Tyson's number one complaint about planning our Beach Trip
was that he was dreading the Car Ride!
It's about 10.5 hrs,
and Zoey is not known for being a gem in the car!

SO I was determined to make this Road Trip
much better than than the past
and it became my Project, I loveeee me some projects!

I'll walk you through some of my tips
and things we did to make our Road Trip run much smoother!
ALSO, if you make it ALL THE WAY DOWN THIS POST
there are two insta-story videos I saved from packing for this trip
& the very first day of our road trip!



side note:
I did grab "surprises" to hand them for each state we entered,
make up bags, blind bags, candy, etc..
ohh and we had a variety of snacks to choose from!
Once again the dollar tree came through for me
for getting an assortment of small packaged candies.


Organize A Binder for each child!
Check the Dollar Store, Target Dollar Sections, or see if you have any at home your not using!
I snagged ours at the Dollar Store because they had just put out there Back to School items!

-Then go ahead and grab sheet protectors! - snagged these at Dollar Store too!

SO, I made both girls a Binder with age appropriate printouts
or things to keep them busy!


What I Put in the Binders


1. Road MAP
I went ahead and started her out with a Road Trip Map from Point A, to Point B!
Go on MapQuest.com and type in your Starting Point and End Point and print that out..
THEN go ahead and swap your Destination to Home..
and print that out as well for your ride back!

**I went through with a pin and wrote out different cities
we would pass through that didnt show up so she could follow along!

More ideas below on what I added to the binders..


2. Activities



Are We There Yet?

The dreaded and most repeated question.....
Lexi loves to ask this question!
So, I knew that this would be the funnest visual for them
And quite frankly, it made explaining our drive so much easier!
I found this idea from Grey House Harbor and fell in love!!
I then created our own version by googling our states we would travel through and an image of my husbands truck (ex: just google silver Chevy Truck-- and find one that looks close)
I used blue painters tape because I was worried with the heat
that anything else would leave a sticky residue..
I then used a sharpie to make the road lines and used
the same tape to attach to our states and Tysons truck..
which we would move as we traveled through to different states.


You can also buy this tape from Amazon



My mom bought my girls this book a while back
--I think she was hinting we needed to make more trips to see her ;)
But it has some good activities in there!



Car Bingo,
I found a Car Bingo pack at the Dollar Store but in case you can't find any there..
Here are some from Amazon


PAINTING that's safe for the car!
 Amazon
Amazon

Amazon



Paper Sack Village,
Simply download printable pages from here, cut out the pieces
(preferably beforehand- and put in ziplock bags to bring),
and have your child attach them to sacks.
You’ll have a tiny town your little ones can call their own.
-Make sure you bring: tape/glue stick,  5 lunch bags,
newspaper or tissue paper to stuff the inside

**Also saving Happy Meal toys is a good thing to use on Road Trips





Drawing,
I also found Little Dry Erase Marker Boards at the Dollar Store that they used and we also already owned these Boogie Boards which are nice and work without the mess of a dry erase marker!

Amazon

Amazon



FAKE Make Up,

Grab some old make-up compacts or hit up
the Dollar Tree and empty out the exisiting make up..
Clean it as necessary, then use nail polish to fill in the sections!
Add some sparkle polish on top to make it look pretty!





3. Car Games & Print Outs!!
Go through ALL of your current Coloring Books..
cut out about 5 single pages and add those into a sheet protector!

YOU can also buy/use dry erase markers to write on and reuse the sheets!
Here are some print outs we used!

I also cut out some "Find The Difference" or "Find It" activity sheets
from our Church FRIEND magazine,
and don't forget about adding sticker pages to your binder!

Print-Outs Below are from IHeartOrganizing





4. ROAD TRIP Conversations

Storytelling: This “game” can seem silly, but is so fun, especially with a lot of people. One way to play is to download or purchase a book of “fill in the blank” short stories (the ones where you fill in a random verb, adjective, noun, etc. before reading the story). You can find fun simple ones based on themes or even create your own. Another option is to dream up a story about the people in the car next to you. Let your imagination run wild! Who are they? Where are they going? Etc. You could even each take turns and each say a sentence of the story.

A to Z: I play this game all the time with my students, but it is just as fun for adults! The object of the game is to try and name a word that starts with each letter of the alphabet in a particular category. For example if the category is fruit, each person names a fruit starting first with the letter A (apple, apricot, etc.). After each person names one, then move onto the next letter, B (banana, blueberries, etc.), you keep going until someone gets stuck and can’t name a fruit with the next letter. For kids I keep categories simple and basic, but for adults you could name fruit, vegetables, flowers, countries, boy names, girl names, brands, bands, movies, etc.


Guess Who or 20 Questions: Both of these are guessing games based on clues. For Guess Who, one person thinks of a person (famous, historical, family member, etc.). The other person can ask 10 yes or no questions to try and figure out who the person is. Example questions: Do I know this person? Is this person male or female? Is this person a celebrity? Etc. For 20 Questions, one person thinks of a person, place or thing. The other person has 20 questions they can ask, with the answer being yes, no, sometimes, usually or rarely. Start with general questions at first, like have we been there? Is it bigger than a mouse? Etc. And then ask more specific questions.


I printed out this 20 Car Games from Stuck on You
Road Trip Conversations Starters by Kitchen Concoctions download here



5. LAST BUT NOT LEAST....
and when all else fails.....

Children's Melatonin!

I had never even heard of this until my friend told me about it.
But, if your kids are restless and they have a hard time sleeping in the car I would suggest trying this! Zoey got car sick a couple times and she was starting to get extra whiney, ya know the kind where ya know all they need is sleep?!.. so we gave her a chewable and it literally worked like a charm and helped her sleep on the car ride! You don't want to overdue it.. We only did one chewable a day. On the way there and on the way back.. and after she was already getting to that tired stage.



HOPE SOME OF THESE HELP YOU
SURVIVE YOUR NEXT ROAD TRIP!



Here are my insta-stories like I promised you!

The first one is from packing for the trip!


Pink Travel Organizers are from here.. they also come in more colors!!

Here's our insta-story from our Road Trip car ride that first day!





Are We There Yet? Book -here

Zarbees Children Melatonin Sleep Aid -here

Auto Bingo -here

Boogie Writing Board -here

Road Tape -here

Water Wow -here

Paint With Water -here & here

1 comment:

  1. Excellent tips! We have long distance family and travel there twice a year. Our oldest is just now getting old enough to make it a very unpleasant experience. I will definitely be trying some of these for our upcoming journey!
    -Hannah

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