I LOVE going on road trips with my kids! But that’s probably due to the fact that I always take along a road trip basket. It makes all the difference between an enjoyable trip and a miserable one.
My dear friend recently moved several states away. She was going to be driving herself and her four little ones in the minivan, while her husband drove the moving truck. Ugh! Not the most fun way to move, but, then again, when has moving ever been fun?
I wanted to give her something before she left and I decided the best goodbye gift I could give her would be a road trip gift basket, filled with little necessities and happy things to keep the kids occupied while she was driving.
Road Trip Gift Basket
On any road trip, some of the first things you might need aren’t always the things you remember to bring. Whenever we are on the road somebody always seems to need a Band-Aid, so I included a travel first-aid kit along with Kleenex and wipes, for all those sticky fingers and inevitable spills.
Long trip ahead? Snacks are a must. I try to find healthy snacks for road trips because goodness knows all those sugary snacks just make kids grouchy and irritable. Raisins, crackers, and applesauce squeezers make for great snacks!
Small toys that kids can play with in their laps without worrying about losing pieces are ideal for road trips. My kids love Etch-A-Sketch and doodle boards, as well as cars and dolls.
Coloring books, sticker activity books, twistable crayons, and doodle pads keep my kids busy for long periods of time. I really love Crayola’s Color Wonder markers and paper. The markers won’t color on anything but their color wonder paper so you don’t have to worry about the kids getting marker on the seats of the car!
I don’t like my kids to turn into zombies in front of a screen but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures, right? I like a lot of Vtech’s products because they’re educational and entertaining for kids.
I picked up this blue and white tote from Wal-Mart and I was thrilled that it fit everything so well!
I don’t have them pictured here but I also included a travel pillow and blanket for those sleepy little heads that often bob off to sleep after an hour or so down the road.
Some other great basket ideas include:
- maps for kids
- a travel bingo game
- books on CD (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
- musical CD’s
- mad libs (my son’s favorite)
- chapter books for young readers
- kids magazines (Highlights or Clubhouse)
- a stuffed animal
- Where’s Waldo books
- I Spy Wonder Tubes or Find It games
One final bit of advise if you’re making a road trip gift basket for yourself or a friend – skip the Silly Putty. I tried it once. Bad, bad idea. The stuff was everywhere. It was stuck in the carpet, caught in hair, and I also found it down pockets of the car. That stuff is the worst! And it does not come out of anything. I’ll never buy Silly Putty ever again!
Going on a road trip this summer? What will you bring along?