My children are terrible at taking road trips! Not even 30 minutes into the drive we begin hearing the dreaded “are we there yet?” It’s like nails on the chalkboard… which has led me to extreme planning, organizing and trying all sorts of tactics to make the trip enjoyable. Let’s just say, with a 9 and 12 year old, I’ve learned a thing or two over the years on what works!
Admittedly, putting on videos and letting the kids play their electronics for hours on end, is the easiest route to go. And after let’s say 7 hours, I might be tempted, but going non-tech or low-tech is always my goal when we attempt a road trip and head off for an adventure.
My favorite go-to ways to keep my kids busy in the car without losing my mind include:
The bottom line for any road trip is to make it fun. There is nothing like pulling your hair out after an hour and wishing you could cancel the trip. Having plenty of games on hand, books, magazines, healthy snacks and a good attitude, makes a world of difference.
Bonus tip: Keep a stash of new books, magazines, crosswords and items in the back of the car for the way home. It’s good to mix it up!