Hi, guys! Happy Hump Day!
We had such an awesome time at Stowe Mountain Lodge. What an amazing place. I seriously can’t wait to tell you guys all about it! In the meantime, I wanted to share some of our tips and tricks for keeping a tiny human entertained on a road trip. It look us about 4 hours to drive to Stowe and nearly 7 hours to get home. Ya, I know. It was a lonngggggg ride home, which involved hitting rush hour/stop and go traffic —> Qman getting car sick —> vomit —> taking a pit-stop at Bertucci’s to clean him up. Poor kid. He was totally fine after he puked, so we grabbed dinner before making the rest of the journey home. Anyway, now that summer travel is upon us, here are some ideas to keep your little one entertained when they’re trapped in a car seat for hours!
- Plan your travel around nap or bedtime. This is probably a bit of a duh tip, but it’s definitely a good one!
- Give your little one a new toy right before they get into the car. It totally doesn’t need to be something extravagant. Even picking up a few small items from the Dollar Store or Target will keep them entertained for awhile. Similarly…
- Create a “knick-knack jar.” It’s literally a jar with random items from around your house and/or the Dollar Store that they can explore. We did this for Qman, and he loved it!
- Let your kiddo photograph your road trip with an old point-and-shoot camera or your cell phone. They can snap shots of what’s happening both in and outside the car.
- Play silly games. We typically make them up on the spot (they’re so ridiculous sometimes), but two of our favorites from this trip were “I Spy” and “Fire and Ice.” <— You freeze someone by pointing and saying “ice.” They can’t move until someone else unfreezes them by saying “fire.” Quinn thinks it’s hilarious!
- Enjoy a family singalong! Play your kid’s favorite soundtrack. We love Moana right now, so we belted out a number of songs during our road trip!
- Feed ’em. Pack lots of snacks and drinks.
- Plan stops around kid-friendly attractions or search for nearby playgrounds, so your tiny human can run out some energy before getting back into the car.
- Utilize a tablet or DVD player to play games or watch movies. Obviously, this isn’t a great option for us since Quinn gets car sick easily, but I know this works well for a lot of families!
Question of the Day
What’s your favorite tip or trick for keeping your little one(s) entertained on a road trip?