Welcome Back to 5 days of Summer Survival-day 2. Did you find your stillness? If you missed yesterday, I focused on you, the mom!
Do you remember those family vacations in the old station wagon, everyone crammed in there, with the windows all down, and your mom had a bandana tired around her hair? The most common question “Are we there yet?” Today we are looking at traveling with kids.
Summer time brings on travel time. There are graduations and weddings to attend. Visits to grandparents and good old fashion family vacations. Not to mention just your everyday travel.
I have to admit the best family travel movie I’ve seen is RV. It took the typical American family torn by the everyday things and schedules-stuck them in an RV -to rediscover their family. Not only was it just funny, and just had a awesome homeschooling family, once you got to know them, but it show how we are just missing time with our kids. Time in the car is a perfect place for that. Oh please don’t get me wrong, I am all for DVD players.
We have traveled with 1-6 kids on many different kids on trips. We have taken the train across country, driven across country, we have flown many different places, driven everywhere and cruise when we can. Only on one trip has my husband threatened to stop the car and walk out because we had a child who we could not handle. (He was a foster child and was tired and had ADHD and had enough of sitting and we had been driving for 15 hours.) In all my trips I have done things differently, a little to keep the kids guessing. They always have a backpack. What was in the backpacks was the key. We always have DVD players.
So asking you and researching on the internet here are some great ways to get you kids organized for those short and long trips. To the swimming pool or across country-to answer the question “Are we there yet?”
- Abundant Life talks about traveling with their 7 kids at Christmas Time.
- Living Life Intentionally has a great Roadtrip FUN folder (with free print outs) and I Spy Bottles
- Not Consumed has some great food tips and fun traveling apps.
- Meet Penny has 25+ activities for a road trip with Kids not to mention her amazing Pinterest Board for Travel Activities!
- Homegrown Learners has a top ten list of traveling tips with children. Love 4-all my kids want the map! Good responsibility and learning!
- Our Journey Westward talks about the great things you can learn with all that time you spend in the car.
- A family packing list idea.
- Here is a packing list from Simple Mom
- Packing for a Cruise
- Packing for a Disney Cruise
- 101 Car games for kids from Moms Minivan (they have a lot of other this there too, so look around)
- More games from We just got Back.
- Family Vacation Ideas
- SixSuitcaseTravel-helps larger families travel!
- 6 Tips of organizing your car
- The Posh Space with awesome Car Tips for Organizing with kids
- Here is my Pinterest Board for Car Organization!
I ask you moms or dads what tips you had for traveling with kids in town and out and here is what you said:
- “One of the biggest things that gets us through is my “bag of surprises”. Every couple of hours we pull out a new surprise from the bag, whether it is a favorite treat, a new coloring book, a small toy –something that they will like and occupy time for a bit is good! Curious to see what other ideas you have up your sleeve! =)”-Karen
- “My fav tip is when you stop for lunch on a road trip (mcd’s or chik fil a ) I let the kids play while we eat and then order tier food as we go and let them eat in the car. It helps them focus on eating and not rush through it to play and mom and dad can eat in peace. It usually meant they passed out after they ate too! We travelled across the country from Wa state to Florida one summer so I have lots of experience!!!” -Erica
- New DVD players-Jim
- “Movies, snacks, toys, games and patience”-Kelly
- Drive at night time-my sister Christie
- “Tomorrow I’ll be trying something new. Usually when we travel, each kid has a “carry-on” bag with several activities. This time, I made a bunch of tickets. I’m going to put activities in one bag, and they can purchase an activity with the tickets. Things like a coloring book, connector builders, etc will cost one ticket. Use of my iPod, the portable DVD player, etc will cost three. Oh and they can earn more tickets by reading. :)”-Sarah
- And one mom share her mini van and how she organized it! From Cassie.
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