We just got back from our lil family vacation to the beach. We went to Destin and it was just beautiful. I really hate to think what it will be like when the oil will hit these gorgeous white beaches.
We only travel a few times a year in the car with the kids (usually to visit our families). They aren't the hardiest of travelers. We learned the very hard way that our oldest gets car sick very easily. And Kalla gets a bit uncomfortable too back in the third row. So we always have to start off with some Dramamine (of which is either a swallowing or chewing pill...both of which Z can't stand, but is getting more tolerant as he gets older).
But to keep from the never ending 'when do we get there??' I keep a few tricks up my sleeve. And yes we watch a few videos here and there which is a giant help.
silly bandz. When they received one, they played with them, wore them and stuck them on the windows. lol Not sure if this fad has reached your area or not, but those who have know all about them if you have kids in elementary school. They hit hard here in northern AL last year.
Now this method of marking the 30 mins and rewards works really well for my four. Z even says it helps it go faster. Another way I've done this before was I made key chains for the kids using a key ring and plastic string and various pony beads. I tied a long string to the key ring and added their names and tied a knot to hold it on. Every 30 mins I gave them a fun pony bead to add if they earned it. For every 5 beads I let them have a dum dum sucker. That one I used on a 11 hour trip and it worked like magic! ;)
Something else I like to do to make road trips special is I make a special trail mix snack. Simply just some dry snacks mixed together in their own little bowls. This time I used pretzel goldfish, cheerios, unsalted cashews, mini marshmallows and M&Ms.
As far as actually being on vacation away from all their precious toys and not wanting to pack any of them I just brought a few things for them all to share that all would enjoy.
Anyway, thought I would share some things that worked for us. Anybody else have some road trips lined up this summer?? For us the rest of the summer will be people coming to us, so that was it for us for a while!
And........you know I have a share just a few of the 265 pics I took in 3 days...lol :)