Only about a month late (slaps wrist) but I still wanted to share our road trip hacks from our recent trip to Colorado.
Most of my ideas were focused around Isaiah because of his age (3.5). Lucky for us, Samuel is still thrilled with anything that shines or jingles. ;)
I had several tricks up my sleeve, but here are the top five that helped salvage our sanity on our fourteen hour drive.
1. Behavior Bags: Before we left, I raided the local dollar store for little treats and trinkets that would fit into brown paper bags. I tried to make them activity based, to keep him busy. Then every so often, when Isaiah was “making good choices” (as we call it) he’d get a good behavior bag. It gave him something to look forward to, and gave us some bargaining chips to stop the “are we there yet’s”.
2. Suction Cup Caddy: I also picked up a small suction cup shower caddy to place on Isaiah’s window. He’s really into action figures right now. And I just knew I’d be constantly turning around to fetch any who “fell behind.” (See what I did there?) We placed the caddy right within his reach, and it worked like a charm.
3. Dollar Store Tray: Y’all. This one might have been my very favorite. Even over the shower caddy. When I was in the dollar store, I spotted a junior sized party tray and I snagged it. I thought it would be perfect for containing snacks and meals on-the-go. But we used it for so much more. It helped hold the iPad for movie time, cards for card games, and so many other activities. (And yes, that’s play dough in the car. I was brave.) I loved it so much, I went back for another one once we got back into town. Gotta plan ahead for Samuel!
4. Busy Binder: I’ve seen sweet little busy books before, and they are adorable. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized they wouldn’t hold Isaiah’s attention. So I made him his own busy binder. I did my best to make it into a “big boy binder” so it would be special to him. I filled it with ruled paper, stickers, crayons, and stamps. Although I think his favorite part was his very own Transformers notebook. ;)
5. Sippy Cup Lasso: One thing I totally anticipated, was Isaiah dropping his sippy cup HALF A MILLION TIMES. So I got smart, and lassoed the cup to his car seat. I simply used an old piece of ribbon, and secured it to the base of his buckle strap. Did it stop the cup from falling? No. Did it stop this Momma from turning around a million times to retrieve it? Yes. And that was worth its weight in gold.
There you have it. Hope these tricks help you half as much as they helped me!