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Travel Tips for Family Trips


Get the kids involved

Cut road trip boredom by getting the kids involved. Use games like license plate bingo or car color bingo. Encourage kids to keep a trip journal. Have them write down or draw favorite memories from each stop and add stickers and ticket stubs. Another great way to get kids involved is to give each a disposable camera for them to document their trip. When the pictures are developed they can add them to their trip journal. “Make a check list of cities you will drive through with a fun fact about each or what you will do there. It helps cut down on the ‘Are we there yet?’ questions.” says Kara Thomas, Colorado Springs mom.



It is always nice to have a few surprises up your sleeve to break up the trip. Try packing up the kids backpacks and have them waiting in the car. When they get bored pull out a few surprise items - new magazines or books, crayons and a new coloring book, special snacks, small activities, and maybe some new movies to watch. Websites like Pinterest are full of ideas for traveling with kids. Darcy King, Kansas mom of two, says “Paint a cookie sheet with chalkboard paint and give the kids magnets to play with.” She also suggests gluing magnets to the back of puzzle pieces to use with the magnetic cookie sheet. Jenny Klindworth, mom to preschool age twins, recommends Melissa and Doug brand reusable stickers and Water Wow’s. “They are hands down my favorite activities for planes and cars.”


For most families, the go-to solution for road trip boredom is electronics. DVD’s and video games are a great way to kill time in the car. “Loosen electronics time while traveling, but when you get there, restrict time more than usual. Without a gadget in their hands, they will get more out of your vacation time.”” says Kara Thomas.

Summer vacations teach kids to explore what is outside their hometown, the importance of family time, and to make downtime a priority. Best of all you will create memories that last a lifetime.

More Travel Tips from Real Moms

“The last flight we used window clings. They were a huge hit.” --Sarah Huebner

“I keep my front seat organized so I can constantly pass things back and forth to them.” --Jennifer Klindworth

“Keep activities rotating! On long trips we switch every 15-30 minutes with snacks, games, activities, and screen time.” --Rachael Kennedy

“With young kids, plan seating so an adult can sit in back and help pass toys and retrieve dropped items.” --Stephanie Pratt

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