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tips for family road trips

Family road trips can be a challenge for restless kids - not to mention road-weary adults.

These road trip ideas are designed to keep the little ones happily occupied (and not killing each other) on short errands and long drives.

I pack activity kits for each of my children to ensure a good time is had by all when we're mobile.

The kids can then take the activity kits on the road, into restaurants, and even on "boring" visits with mom's friends and stay happily occupied. Here are a few simple kit ideas for to keep little hands busy when you're out and about.

create a boredom kit to keep younger kids busy.

  • Aluminum foil. Do you know how much art kids can make from this stuff? Think rings, crowns, and necklaces.
  • Action figures, small dolls, or plastic animals. Bonus buy: A lot of them come in little kits designed to be portable. Choose these whenever possible. 
  • Coloring books. And crayons or markers, of course.
  • Magnetic board games and wipe-clean games. These are really great choices because pieces can't get lost or bumped.

create entertainment kits to keep bigger kids happily engaged on the road.

  • Books. For the child who loves Harry Potter, or any other book series, is happily occupied when you bring along her favorite read.
  • Portable music player and headphones. Need I say more?
  • Deck of cards.
  • If it's a long trip, consider buying each kid a new book, craft or toy that will occupy him or her for a while. Let each kid bring one plastic box or backpack filled with personal stuff.
  • It's also a good idea to bring a pillow for each kid to encourage naps.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.