There are all kinds of portable car games that are really cheap and small enough to fit into a backpack. Road trip Bingo is always fun and you can make your own boards. Here is just one of many websites with all kinds of games and activity ideas. http://www.momsminivan.com/
You can get some scrap paper, crayons, pencils, pens and some coloring books to color on the way and make pictures for grandma and grandpa. You our can also have them play the game, I spy. Maybe bring a few books that they both can read. Some songs for everyone.
baggies of some kinda snack
car games like counting how many red cars we see etc
what about those plastic army or cowboys for the younger child?use baggies to keep them in,
on the plane they have stuff like playing cards, snacks, coloring stuff(well they use to anyway!)
Audio books if you have a CD player in the car or have an Ipod or something where you can transfer it to that. You can get them from the library. We love the Ramona books read by Stockard Channing, and The Magician's Nephew done by family theater.
Coloring books. Empty notebooks and washable markers. When we go on cross-country trips we have one brown paper sack (stapled shut) for the kids to open each morning. It's full of snacks and $ store type toys - that's their loot for the day. (We drive from Indiana to California, and back, most years.)
Maybe you can borrow a portable DVD player from a friend or family member? They are very handy for passing time in the car!
This is what we did when we drove to OH one year. We loved listening to books on the MP3
Audio books are great. If you can find one that you can get color pages that go with it as well as word searches & mazes that could keep them busy for a while.
July 3, 2013 at 6:46 PM
I thought drawing notebooks, ipads and toys would help my kids... nothing does. We do a 24hr trip from Pa to Tx (and vice versa) every year - if not more than once a year.