The Ultimate Travel Kit Ideas For Kids:- Are you planning a family road trip? Then, the best idea is to create a travel kit for your child. Most kids love going on a vacation, but long car drives can be a big bore.
Include all the “necessary” items such as pens, pencils, crayons, travel games and writing paper, which are important for your child to have in order to stay entertained on a trip.
However, other items are necessary to spice up a long car ride. The best idea is to find small and inexpensive items with a lot of play value. Make sure you do not spend a fortune!
A little planning and prep can go a long way in making the journey as enjoyable for your little one as the destination. Here are some ideas for packing the ultimate travel activity kit for your kids.
- Art Supplies
When it comes to keeping your child busy on the go, some crayons and a coloring book can go a long way. Not only are these essentials easy to pack and relatively mess-free, but coloring is good for your child’s mind, too! Here are some other art products that are great for on-the-go fun:
- Crayola Color Wonder Travel Tote : Mess-free magic markers and special paper in the perfect carrying case.
- Travel AquaDoodle : Just add water to the pens for clean drawing on the go.
- Fisher Price Doodle Pro Travel : Another mess-free option that provides fun for all ages.
- Alex Toys Markers To Go : Comes with 100 markers in a nifty, compact carrying case.
- Kids On the Go Art Lap Desk : Provides a desktop for art on the go and it holds all your supplies.
A small amount of play dough or modeling clay is also a great option for on-the-go fun. Give our DIY Play Dough recipe a try!
Make sure you bring along a few of your child’s favorite books, but throw in a couple of new ones, too! If buying books is not in your budget, make a trip to the library in advance. Even if they do not spend the whole journey reading, there really is no better way to pass up the travel time.
Consider starting a chapter book with them on your travels, If your child is old enough! A great way to engage with them and pass the time is reading out loud. Classics like Charlotte’s Web and The Wizard of Oz are good ones to start with.
Cut yourself some slack and consider loosening technology time limits when you are on the go. If anything, do it for your sanity! A portable DVD player and your child’s favorite cartoon or movie can go a long way when it comes to making your trip whine-free. Or, hand over your smart phone or tablet and let them play educational games. Consider investing in a good pair of child-sized headphones so that you can enjoy some quiet time, too !
Not only are there hundreds of ideas for awesome travel games online, but nowadays you can even buy family classic board games in portable, easy to manage travel versions. For older kiddos, check out this travel Scrabble game or a travel version of Trouble. For young ones (babies and toddlers), bring a blanket for naps that can also make for some peekaboo fun!
- Some Special Surprises
To some extra fun travel time, do you want to know a trick? Then, bring along a fistful of wrapped gifts for your kiddo! Hit up discount bins or dollar sections at your local store to find knick-knacks that would excite them. You can also consider wrapping up things that you already own and make it “surprise activity time.” Pull out a wrapped gift at various points along your journey to keep the excitement going. The mystery alone will be enough to keep a smile on your child’s face.
- Putting It All Together
It depends a lot on your mode of transportation and the amount of space you have to work with, on what you choose to pack in your child’s travel activity kit. Here are some ideas for flying and car travel.
You will probably be focused on packing as light as possible if you are taking a plane to get to your final destination. It is recommended to dedicate one backpack or a child size rolling suitcase to kid activities and snacks – something you can easily fit under the seat in front of you. Check out these options:
- Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Luggage
- Melissa and Doug Trunki Rideable Suitcase
- Lassig Backpack Diaper Bag
Consider something that is easily accessible – something that can be put on the floor in front of your child or between two car seats if it is a road trip you are planning for. Here are a few options we love:
- ClosetMaid Collapsible Cube
- Trend Lab Storage Caddy
- Thirty-One Organizing Utility Tote
One final tip: Think outside the box, when putting together your travel activity kit!
Throw in a few items or activities that are new to your child like pipe cleaners that can be sorted by color or bent into animal shapes. Even a sandwich bag full of cotton balls can turn in to a fun game with a little bit of imagination.