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Going on vacation is an exciting thing for the whole family. That is until you hear, are we there yet. Here are some tips to keep kids busy on a trip that will help you and them.
Planning the Trip
Including the kids in the trip planning helps them feel involved. Talking, planning and deciding as a family where you will go, how, when, and what activities you will be doing.
Kids love to be involved, so involve them in any way you can.
Tips to keep kids busy while on a trip
To encourage your children to use these supplies, consider buying a new special set of markers, or anything especially fun for each child.
This EZ Desk travel kit is perfect for any kid. Includes all sorts of goodies for hours of entertainment.
Even a road trip riddles book to get some giggles in while traveling. Fun jokes and riddles can always lighten people up.
Always have ideas of games on hand that you can all play together. Some easy picks are games such as “eye spy” and scavenger hunts, where each person has a sheet of items they can check off as they find them during the trip.
An oldie but goodie is the alphabet game. Watch signs and call out letters of the alphabet as you see them, in order of course.
You can also play games such as one where you take turns listing items to take on vacation that begin with the letters of the alphabet, in order. To take it up a notch, turn it into a memory game where each person has to remember every item listed before theirs, as well as making up a new one for their letter.
I Spy Travel Card game is also a fun one for the whole family.
If your children are old enough to write, give them each a travel journal. Each child can write about their own vacation highlights. Younger children can draw pictures for their entries instead of using words.
Game consoles have gotten a bad reputation, but long trips are one instance where they can be useful. Buy each child a new game that will keep him (or her) occupied for the long trip.
Many to choose from these days, so maybe letting them pick the one they want is best.
Giving them time limits, and enforce mandatory breaks in order to give kids eyes a rest. When kids are done with them, adults can enjoy them too!
Music and Movie Player
Having a device to listen to music on is a great idea for all ages. Before you leave, fill the device with music of each child’s choice.
If you are going on an airplane, your child’s own headphones can often be used to watch videos onboard the aircraft when the airline has them available, instead of renting or buying a pair from the airline.
Instead of buying your kid something new, use an old iPhone or Android phone or a tablet you have laying around.
If your child has a digital camera, encourage him to take photos while traveling. If he does not have one, consider buying him one, or lending him yours.
A digital camera will ensure that he can take as many photos as his heart desires without having to worry about running out of film. Make sure that batteries are freshly charged, or take extras if the camera uses disposable ones.
Amazon has a great selection of digital cameras for kids at great prices.
Snacks are a must-have on any trip. The traveling time will always be more enjoyable with something to munch on.
Bring items that store well even without refrigeration. Items such as veggies and hummus, dried fruit, granola bars, nuts and cheese sticks are fun and work well.
Grabbing a CraveBox before your trip and taking some of the snacks with you will save time and money.
Final thoughts on Tips to Keep Kids Busy on a Trip
Traveling can be boring, or great fun. It all depends on how well-prepared you are for it.
When you are traveling with kids, there are many ways to make it more exciting for them. Put these tips to use and enjoy your travels while watching your children enjoy theirs as well.
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