Road Trips With Kids

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Look at my picture, Did you look at it? Is that how your car trips are? Well here are some ways to make your road trips (& possibly other trips) better, more fun, & safer for you and your children.

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Step 1: Audio Books

This is a great thing to do on long car rides. Just play a audio book. My siblings and I love to do this.

Step 2: Bring Disposable Cameras

Bring your children disposable cameras to take pictures along the way (or if they are older you could let them use a digital camera). This is a great way for them to have fun & be more involved in your trip.

Step 3: Take Pictures of Your Kids

When you arrive at your stop/s take a picture of your kids with your mobile phone, that way if they were to get lost you would have a picture of them to show people.

Step 4: Goody Box

For road trips I would suggest bringing a goody box or bag for your kids to use during the trip. I good box/bag would include (depending on the age off your children)

  • Comic books / Picture books
  • Drawing pads
  • Pencils & Crayons (if bringing crayons do not leave them in a hot car they will melt and make a big mess)
  • Action Figures and/or Toy cars
  • Sudokus / Word finds
  • Music / Fun sing along CDs

Step 5: If Lost Call...........

In case you were to lose a child in a theme park / water park or other public place this is a good idea. Write on your child's arm- If lost call (your-cell-number) Make sure to let the ink dry, then paint over it with the paint on band-aids. (in the second picture I painted over it to soon & the words blurred.

Step 6: Kids Travel Journal

Give each of your kids a sketch pad to use as a travel journal. Tell them to draw pictures of there favorite places you go by. This will be great fun for them. I used to do this when I would go on trips.

Step 7: Extra: 1 Tip for Before You Start

1 Extra tip for before you go:

When you plan your trips find out what cool places you could visit that would be nearby were you are passing through. Then try to get some brochures of those places and involve your kids in helping pick which places to go. They will really enjoy this, & make them anticipate the trip more than ever.

Step 8: No More

Well Everyone, I hope you enjoyed this instructable. Don't forget to vote. One more thing enjoy your trip :D

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Also, in step 7, it says "They will really enjoy this, & make them anticipate the trip more then ever." One word. Than.


    I used to give y kids each a roll of coins - starting with pennies, when they were old enough not to put everything in their mouths, and old enough to know that money means they can 'get stuff with it' - mine were about 4, when I started. Each gets their own roll, and the rule is; Each time you ask if we're there, how close, etc; each time you bicker, kick the back of my seat, or do anything that distracts me, while I'm driving, you pay me one coin. Whatever you have, when we get there, is yours for whatever you want (though I always have censorship rights). I always made sure they had things to do and snacks, to make it easier, and even after the coins, they each had one free pass. Before adding the roll of coins, I still had problems - especially on longer trips. After adding the coin rolls, they were like angles.

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    4 years ago on Step 8

    Great suggestions! Another thing you can do is take maps and and a compass. Mark out your journey on the maps and then observe what you see on your way. Counting games are also fun - counting cars, trucks, animals, etc.

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