Road Trip Kit. Even if you aren’t going on an official summer vacation (or if you’re back from vacation and your kids are using the “b” word–bored), unplug and take a break from electronics. Fill your kids’ packs with fun things to keep them busy and exploring outside. Some things might include: first aid kit, car games, coonskin cap, field notes, flashlight, Charlie Harper coloring book of birds, deck of cards, mad libs, yo yo, and a poison ivy id card. And of course don’t forget to give them a camera and a good book.

road trip kit

road trip kit

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  1. I LOVED Mad Libs when I was a kid! And I remember waiting for weeks for my 1¢ photos to come to our mailbox from York! Now it’s all so instant…

    Erin    Tuesday, July 26, 2011
  2. Mad Libs…WOW does that bring back memories :)

    Robin Kidd    Tuesday, July 26, 2011
  3. Surely the yo-yo isn’t for the car?! Unless maybe you’ve got girls who might find alternative uses for it. My boys would not, then would be seriously put out once the yo-yos were confiscated for the duration of the trip.

    Tina    Tuesday, July 26, 2011
  4. Cute! What a great idea! I love that my boys are getting older and finally able to enjoy some fun activities!

    Jenny @ Hank + Hunt    Tuesday, July 26, 2011
  5. Yo-yos are good for rest stops. I used to do this for my kids when they were little and we were on road trips. I wrapped everything up individually and every so often they got something to unwrap and play with. Some of the ‘treats’ were things to eat like gummy snacks, etc. It was great fun – I miss those days. We’re expecting our first grandson in October and I’m looking forward to some road trips with him and doing the same thing for him!

    Gwen Brass    Tuesday, July 26, 2011
  6. Great post!!!

    Our family is a big fan of road trips, and I learned long ago to make “road trip kits” for each of my kids. They really help! I like to wrap the separate activities up like presents because that adds to the “oooh and ahhh” factor, but when I run out of time or forget, putting the items into one special new bag or backpack always does just as well :O)

    Susan    Tuesday, July 26, 2011
  7. Hi Tina–Ha ha! True. We were thinking these kits could also be used when your kids are home and bored all summer. xo

    Brittany    Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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