We have some major road trips planned for this summer. Our first consists of driving from Kansas to southern Utah. This is 17 hours and over 1000 miles. We will stop twice on the way there and once on the way home.
Then we make the big move from Kansas to Virginia. Jed will be driving a moving truck. I'll be driving our car with three bored, loud, sick of being in the car kids. This is an 18 hour drive (not adding time due to the slowness of a heavy truck) and again, over 1000 miles.
Basically, we're driving from ocean to ocean (except we're stopping in Utah and not going all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
How do you entertain your kids in the car for that long?
We're already on our second portable dvd player and it's crapping out. Our experience has been so horrible with both of them that we'll probably never buy another. We'll just continue to tell our kids that when we went on family car trips as kids, we had one game we had to share with our two siblings and the only music to listen to was our parents tapes. You know, like the [insert old craggy voice here] when I was a kid, I had to walk uphill in snow both ways to get to school.
About two years ago we had to drive from Kansas to Pittsburgh, PA (14 hours) for my husband's grandma's funeral. We did this on a regular weekend having to work until Friday afternoon and needing to get back to work and school on Monday morning. Yuck. My friend Tiffany, who married a boy from Scotland and thus travels on planes a lot WITH KIDS, made us a little travel kit. So sweet and such a great idea. I've used it again when we've gone on longer road trips.
This is the travel kit. She wrapped up a bunch of snacks, candies, activities and on the wrapping paper was a rule for when we could open it. Here are some examples of rules you could use:
Spot license plates from 5 states.
Spot license plates from 15 states.
Enter a new state.
See a truck with three trailers.
Cross a river.
Someone in the car is sleepy.
Someone in the car says they are bored.
Recite the ABCs backwards.
See a train.
Someone asks how much longer.
So I've gathered a number of activities, workbooks, coloring books and toys to wrap up. And I plan to check out a huge amount of books for Princess Sparkley because she reads like crazy. And we'll get some kid books on cd from the library. What else can we do?