A little advance planning can make the difference between a dream vacation and a stressful nightmare! Here are some easy ideas for keeping the journey fun and easy.
- Passports, please: In the weeks leading up to the trip, map out your route with the kids. Identify landmarks and points of interest to keep watch for on the way. Turn small notebooks into "passports" and give the kids stamps or stickers as you reach each destination.
- Scavenger hunt: From cows to license plates, trains to billboards, make a game of finding all the items on a scavenger hunt list.
- Make 'em laugh: We all love to laugh. Joke books and funny story books go a long way to keeping the mood light, and the kids entertained.
- Dream up the best lunch ever: Ask the kids where, and with whom, they would most like to eat Banana Nut Quesadilla Wedges? Encourage their story telling skills by asking lots of questions.