Are you planning on any travel with the kids this summer? Summer often finds families on vacation! If you will be one of those lucky families, read on for some great tips and ideas to help make your trip even more enjoyable for all.Encourage Good Behavior!
Print some "Travel Bucks" and "reward" kids for good behavior while traveling. Have a box of prizes they can "buy" stuff from. Prizes can be coupons for specific items (ie: ice cream treat, choose next DVD/song in car, etc.) as well as goodies picked up from the dollar store, Target dollar bins, clearance finds, etc.Load up the iPod!
Audio books, fun songs, games, etc. are great for all ages. If you have younger kids, you can find great headphones that are perfect for them.Goodies for the Trip!
Bag small items you have picked up for the trip, including easy-to-eat in-the-car snacks and label them by day. You can even break it down to parts of the day (ie: Day 1, Morning - especially great for the younger kids who aren't great about rationing out their day's goodies) and include a few treats for that day (or period of the day). Examples: Day 1, Morning - juice box, individual box of cheerios, small book. Day 1, After Lunch - snack bag of cookies, new hot wheel. Day 1, After Dinner - box of raisins, small puzzle or card game.Bubbles!
Pull these out for some quick and easy fun that gets the kids running around for a few minutes. The spill proof ones are great if you plan to hand them to the kids - just drop them into a Ziploc bag because while they are spill-proof, they do drip out over time.Pack with purpose!
Place a full outfit for each day, for each child inside its own Ziploc bag. No more rummaging around trying to match up outfits, etc. Label each child's bags with a sharpie. Pack a few bibs, too, even for your preschoolers! They help eliminate messes on their clothes and their car seat straps as well.Don’t forget Macaroni Kid!
to see if there is a Macaroni Kid community where you will be visiting! Check it out and find some great things to do while there.
A few more tips if you will be traveling by car: