Long awaited…summer! The time to relax, at least for kids, and take those vacations you’ve longed to take all school year long. Sometimes you are able to fly or travel to your location quickly. But sometimes, you have to make the long 16 hour car ride up to Aunt Ethel’s to see the family or across the country to see that one of a kind historical monument. What do you do to fill the time?
Here are some ideas for turning those long travel hours into trips that fly by… or at least seem quicker and more entertaining. It can be helpful to leave very early in the morning when kids are still sleepy, if you are able to stay awake when you drive. That way the kids can sleep a few hours of the trip without even really knowing they are in the car. Caution against those who may get carsick though. Bring small snacks like pretzels or crackers if they need something in their tummies before the long drive. It is always good to have a bag or something handy in case the carsickness comes to the surface. You can also drive at night if you have more than one driver in the car and can take turns, but only if you can do this safely. It is not worth it to risk a safe trip if you cannot stay awake.
If you have children, you will want to bring along some activities and games to keep them occupied. One thing that is a lot of fun and reusable are pipe cleaners. Kids can make almost anything out of those things and then can straighten them back out and do it all over again. They are not messy either. Small children may not be able to use them …» Read more