10 to 12 hours in the car is going to be a long trip for my kids. It’s the longest drive we’ve ever made in one day. To help pass the time, I am putting together a travel car kit for each of them.
Luckily for me, Martha Stewart created a very stylish and free Travel Bingo game. It’s a very fun little template for up to four players that I printed out. I think I’ll laminate the cards so I can reuse them again for other vacations.
I also love her idea of including copy of the road map for the kids to follow. That way they can get a sense of distance and direction as we travel. I somehow don’t think that will stop them from asking, “Are we there yet?” But at least I can say, “Who can find Cedar City on your map? That’s where we are.” I simply went to Google Maps, typed our destination, and printed the map. Each of the kids gets their own copy.
Also in the boxes, I’m including a sketch and activity pad, our 50 states license plate game, colored pencils and sharpener, a book to read, an embroidery, and a few small toys.
I’m also bringing along large envelopes for the kid’s to keep their postcards and memento’s in. That way they can put it all together into a scrapbook of our trip when we get home. My mom suggested taking a small essay book for the kids to keep a journal during the trip. I kept a journal of my trip to Disneyland as a kid, and it will be fun to compare them when we’re done. And I won’t forget to bring small jars for the kids to collect a bit of sand and hopefully a few shells in. It’s their first time to the beach and I know that’s something they’ll love to keep. With a little label saying the name of the beach and the date, it will make a nice souvenir of the trip.