The moment the Christmas festivities are over, we are packing up our boys, their toys and escaping. Crazy as it may seem, we are embarking on yet another road trip and I couldn’t be more excited! Last year’s adventures, driving in and out of towns, snaking our way along the Australian coast proved that not only can we survive a road trip we actually loved it. So much so, we are off again this year.
Now there are a few things I have learnt and will take on board to make this year’s trip a little better. You can never have enough snacks for hungry little boys and you can never have enough entertainment. I do not mind stopping here and there to stretch our legs, run a quick toilet stop and grab a few snacks, but this time I may pack a few more things with me, so that not all our food is bought from a petrol station or fast food chain.
As for the entertainment, well we were very lucky that the boys did actually sleep for most of the long stretches of road last year. But when they were up – they were bursting with energy. So while the DVD player and iPad’s are packed, I will be taking a few other things along for the ride this time.
PJ never tires from arts and crafts and I simply cannot drag his entire collection of crafts with me, so this little stamp set is perfect. Easy to use, small enough for him to handle in the car and packs nicely into one small little space. He already loves playing with it and I can imagine all sorts of creations will come from this; pictures, learning his letters and when AJ decides he would like a go, he can string together some words and still have fun.
I just love these Magna Junior cases. Apart for being so adorable, they are magnetic which means I won’t be reaching into the back trying to retrieve lost pieces of puzzle for hours on end. The boys can mix and match their cases. Mix and match their creations. What is better still? PJ has already started to use his case for storing extra little treasures, which is perfect for us. For it seems that with every stop the boys collect one more thing they must carry with them. These cases can be their perfect little storage spot for the whole trip.
Now last summer, I spent many stretches of road, balancing half-finished Lego creations on my lap as we travelled from one stop to the next. I really do not want a repeat of that this road trip. So even though I know we may not avoid dragging one or two Lego sets with us, I am hoping that this cute little rocket ship will be the hours of entertainment and imaginative play the boys need to not be so obsessed with their Lego. So easy to assemble and play with, fits in a small box when it is disassembled and can even be a great place for tiny Lego minifigures to play on. Let’s hope my boys agree.
Throw in some books and the can’t-leave-home-without teddy bears and we are all set to get this summer family holiday started! It can’t come soon enough in this house.
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What are you looking forward to these summer holidays?
Any tips on surviving a road trip with kids?
Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Tiger Tribe, where the products both entertain and educate kids, and allow their imagination to run free. All opinions expressed are my own.
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