Road Trip!

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Road TripThe picture above is an oldie, but a goodie. It fits this post perfectly because we are going on another road trip! We are leaving on Sunday to drive down to Charleston, S.C. for an extended family reunion. It will be an amazing trip where we’ll get a chance to relax and hang out on the beach with family members we haven’t seen in a long time.

I’m looking forward to doing a whole lot of nothing once we get there. I’m excited that we are able to take this trip and that Dave’s old college buddy will be watching our house and the dog for us. We truly won’t have anything to worry about while we are away.

Except for the actual driving there and back.

We’ve stockpiled a bunch of books and games to keep the kids busy but I’m not sure it’s going to be enough. While we can’t wait to take this trip I am a little worried about how the kids will hold up on the 12 hour drive.

So I’m putting the question out there…

Do you have any good road trip games, activities, or book suggestions that will keep the kids entertained? We’re open to any and all recommendations!

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  1. saminder gumer says:

    i usually hand the kids a phone or the ipad and that keeps them occupied almost on any trip. that is a great thing.

  2. Always loved road trips! We always packed lots of puzzle books for the kids!

  3. We like to play the license plate alphabet game. Plus we bring books. Lots of books.

  4. It’s amazing how much your kids have grown since this picture. I still like books and coloring books since I was raised in a non-digital age.

  5. Trasina McGahey says:

    They sure look happy in the picture. Def look like seasoned road trippers lol. I always have portable DVD players. Kids love watching TV and if they have to be sitting still anyways then it’s forgivable!

  6. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Road Trips Are My favorite!:)

  7. getting redy for a oad trip , ourselves! so much to pack, plan, and do!

  8. R Hicks says:

    we never take a road trip without bringing the kids video players. The games keep them busy and the movies help too.

  9. I hope it went well.

    It can be so stressful with little ones in the car that long….there’s no where for parents to escape to!

  10. Maralea says:

    We always packed a bag full of travel games!

  11. Michelle Washburn says:

    We played slug bug when I was a kid, my kids think its funny! Now we look for state license plates, whoever finds the most states, wins!

  12. Roll out!

  13. Amy Tolley says:

    when we go on road trips we play count the red vehicles and see how many everyone can get in an hour…or thirty minutes…i was surprised at how it actually keeps their attention trying to locate the red or whatever color you choose car or truck….thanks for this story…and we also play make up a song or the letter game …some starts the song and everyone adds to it…to see what you come up with…or the letter game like the alphabet….see who can name a state or fruit or whatever with each letter of the alphabet…

  14. Jessie C. says:

    DVDs work the best to keep kids busy during our road trips

  15. This picture is so cute! My child likes to listen to audiobooks when we are driving.

  16. Your kids are so cute. When our kids were little they enjoyed listening to me read stories.

  17. Mary Happymommy says:

    We’ve been to Charleston once (just went there for a few hours after visiting Myrtle Beach). I wish we had taken a horse-drawn carriage tour of downtown.

  18. Cassy Scroggins says:

    I Spy was always my favorite. But now you have so many electronic things it has become outdated.

  19. a great one is portable DVD players!! and also folding lap trays with some playdough and/or coloring projects, you can even set different types of activities to fit each child make sure snacks are fun and maybe the types that bthe kids can put together like lunchables and what not and you can even give them a camera and have them record their journey as to what they see as the ride!

  20. Betty Baez says:

    Cute pic, I really like color wonder everything the kids have fun and my car stays mess free, and movies are always great. Hope you have a good time!

  21. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I was just in Charleston last year and it was so nice. We had a carriage ride and just a great time. Enjoy your reunion!

  22. My sister and I used to play a really fun game when we were little. I guess this is the easiest way to explain it:

    One child says “My name is Ann and I like apples.”
    The other child says, “My name is Bob and I like beans.”

    And you go through the entire alphabet like that, using different names and foods. I used to play it with the little kids I baby-sat for and they loved it and always requested to play it.

    • What did they say when they got to X?! ;) That letter is always difficult to spot on the Alphabet Road Game.

  23. I buy coloring books at the dollar store, that keeps them busy for a while. Captain Underpants should keep them busy too.

  24. When we take the kids on road trips they are always saying are we there yet

  25. Our kids used to play the alphabet game. They would start with A and try to find all the letters of the alphabet on signs first.

  26. Harmony B says:

    I wish I had some ideas …my kids get bored in the car going to see there grandparents 7 miles away ..LOL

  27. Sounds like it will be such a fun trip! We always head to the library and fill up a reusable bag with DVD’s and books that my son has never seen before to keep him occupied in the car!

  28. Through out the years we’ve used a little tv with a vhs player set between our older children. At that time I taped their favorite PBS shows and saved them for trips just like this. Now as I have only one child left in the home and years have past, we’ve have the little DVD player now. And I do the same thing. I’ve taped her favorite shows (now Disney shows), converted them to DVD, and she gets to watch her favorite shows on the trip. We sometimes watch Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz, Thomasina, those types of movies.

    That and the magna doodle board and her pillow pet that wraps around her neck are great travel companions!

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