Road trips can be an amazing family adventure but they can also be a drag for parents when the kids are bored and annoying each other. As an adult, I love road trips and crave that special time with my kids and husband. However, I admit that we often find other ways to enjoy a vacation because the thought of hours in the car with the kids is not really much of a “vacation” for me!
There is one road trip activity that has saved me countless times during my over twelve years as a mom. My kids especially loved it when they were younger and we’ve never gone on a road trip without it: The Road Trip Goody Bag Game. This game allows the kids to stay busy for hours because they get a variety of activities each hour of the trip. As soon as they start to get bored, it’s usually time for a new activity. I especially love that this game doesn’t cost very much money = just $1 an hour!
How to Plan the Road Trip Goody Bag Game:
- KEEP THIS A SURPRISE FROM THE KIDS! Follow these steps while they’re at school or asleep!
- Determine how many hours you will be in the car.
- Head to your local dollar store and carefully look through their craft and activities departments. Buy the same number of items as hours that you plan on being in the car (ex. 4 hrs road trip = 4 gifts). Remember to buy one gift per hour per child.
- Pick up some wrapping paper or tissue paper and some ribbon at the store, if you don’t already have some at home.
- Wrap each item individually and decorate as you would like.
- Make note on the front of each gift with a number or initial if there’s an order you’d like it opened it, or if you need to mark who it’s for (child’s name, boy, girl, etc). I find it best to have both of my kids open a similar gift at the same time to avoid arguments.
- Place the gifts in an inconspicuous bag so they won’t know what you have planned!
- When you trip begins, introduce the kids to the game and then let them open their first gift around the 1 hour mark (by then they’ll be ready for an activity anyway!).
- Give each child a larger gift bag to store all their goodies in – at the end of the trip, they’ll have an amazing assortment of goodies!
- Enjoy the lack of arguing and maybe even some giggles and sounds of joy from the kids!
** Tip: Be sure to bring along a trash bag that you can empty at each stop for all the wrapping paper and packaging.
Give this a try on your next road trip and let us know how it works for you!
Do you have any road trip hacks that make your life easier? Share with us in the comments below!
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