Road trips are the best, don’t you think? The feeling of just packing your bags and going out to travel is exhilarating. Add to it the excitement of travelling by road, the happiness increases manifold. However, add kids to the mix and all you have is anxiety. You worry about the packing, the travel, the food, everything. You seem to have packed the whole house, yet feel like you have missed something important. What about activities for kids to do while travelling?
I always used to worry about what my kid would do during the trip. He is an overactive child, who believes that every waking moment spent quietly is a waste of that moment. He is constantly moving about. How, then, to occupy him with interesting travel activities during a road trip and make him sit in one place at least for a while? So, I stopped travelling after he was born due to this fear.
When eventually I had to go out, learnt (and unlearnt) some methods to keep him quiet on trips, maybe just enough for me not to lose my sanity.
5 Activities for Kids to Do While Travelling
Here are some fun activities for kids to while travelling –
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1. Keep some toys only for outdoors
Children have loads of toys but you might have noticed that they do get bored of new toys within a day or two. So what I do is, I always keep a few toys in my kid’s bag, only to be used when outdoors. This keeps the novelty intact for them. When on a trip, you can introduce each toy one by one, so that the child remains happily occupied with them for a longer time. Remember, the surprise element keeps these activities more interesting!
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2. Crayons and coloring books are best traveling activities
These two items have been my saviours in the last couple of trips. As with toys, I don’t give them to my child at home. I hand them over only when on a trip. They have become his absolute favourites. He spends his time happily scribbling while I get some much needed rest. These art activities are even easy to carry anywhere during your road trips and of course less messy!
3. Portable Lego kit can also be interesting traveling activity
4. Keep their favourite food handy
5. Sticky notes
Most importantly, do not expect children to behave in a certain way. They are children, exploring the world, in a way they understand. Do not ask them to live up to your expectations. Just let them be, and they might surprise you!
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