Summer & road trips go hand in hand. As a kid, I remember taking long, leisurely road trips down HWY 101 and I-5, watching the lush green transform flipbook-style before my eyes into the golden glow of sunny California.
I cherish those long road trips up and down the West Coast, taking in the awe of Disneyland, and love living those road trip memories again anew with my own little family.
Now my husband and I are prepping for a future road trip to San Diego, California to take our kids to LEGOLAND (!!!) and we can’t wait!
My parents are also trying to get us to do a trip to Disneyland at the same time, and then there’s also Six Flags and Knotts Berry Farm…there’s SO much to the California theme parks for families! Definitely worth a road trip in my book.
For those of you embarking on your own California road trips this summer, here are some travel tips that have worked for me & my kids, and might just work for you too! If you have any tips to share, I’d love to hear them!
ROAD TRIP TIPS
* We’ll start with the no-brainer: pack lots of healthy snacks and water bottles for each family member in cooler bags. I have these HAWT bags from Scout bags that don’t even look like coolers, and they can pack a LOT in them. The key is: healthy snacks. Too much sugar & empty calories = unpleasant detour to Meltdown City for kids.
* Books, magazines, DVDs. Load ’em all up, baby. Luckily, none of us get sick reading in the car, and my kids can keep themselves occupied for a long time while reading.
* Create separate Surprise Bags filled with little activity books, toys, games and take them out periodically throughout the trip. The purpose is to have something new & fun to engage their minds when you feel like the trip may start going a little nutso. You want toys and games that will last with your kids for a long time before they start getting bored with them.
* Create customized Kid Trip Packs for each kid and present them just before departure. The ones pictured here are for a trip we took via plane, but these work for road trips as well. These kits can include whatever you want, but the goal is to engage their minds and keep them occupied with fun, fun, FUN during the trip. Usually, the Travel Packs I make for my kids include coloring sheets & word search sheets related to our destination, fact sheets/travel books, fill-in trip sheets that they can fill out during the trip, stickers, and more. Then at the end of the trip, I love having these to keep to bring back memories of our adventures.
* Plan out your stops ahead of time and space them out accordingly, but don’t let suddenly beautiful views or an unexpected cool looking spot stop you from venturing off of your plan. A good portion of road trips should always be spontaneous, in my opinion, to be successful, and I think that is even more true when you have kids!
* And of course, you can always peruse Pinterest for road trip games that you and your family can play!
Does this help get you excited about your upcoming road trip, or start thinking about taking one to sunny California? Well, join me & other travel-loving parents at a Twitter party this Monday as we chat about summer fun & California theme parks!
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And don’t forget to share your own road trip tips here by leaving a comment! I’d also love any theme park tips!
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