Tuesday, February 9, 2010

10 Great Tips for Creating a Fun Family Vacation Free of Distractions

I love being asked thought-provoking questions. It forces me to think and be creative. TwitterMoms recently asked me what 10 Great Tips I had for Creating a Fun Family Vacation Free of Distractions. I thought about it and I came up with these:

1. Organize the car for road trips so that all toys/snacks/crafts are easily accessible without taking your seatbelt off
2. Why not bring along a DVD player and some DVDs? They are great for kids and a God-send for parents
3. Get the kids their own map (free from AAA) so they can "help" give directions
4. Keep a few dollars in coins and bills handy for tolls. You can even put the kids in charge of counting out the correct change
5. Bring a cooler along so you can have cold, healthy snacks such as yogurt, juice and sandwiches. Way better than Mickey Ds
6. Play Games. I love the ABC game where you look for all the letters, in order, on different road signs and license plates
7. Stop and play tourist. If you see something interesting, stop and take a look. Everyone likes to stretch a little and its a great photo opp.
8. If you don't have a portable potty chair, you must get one. No one likes to poop in strange places. That is so not fun. I remember a few years ago, when my MIL was picking up her grandkids for a holiday and they were in the middle of a highway and my niece had to poop. There was no where to go and it was a dire need. She ended up going in a paper bag! Don't be caught in that situation. It makes for funny stories but she didn't think it was funny at the time! lol
9. Pillows are a MUST for traveling. They make it easy to sleep in the car and when you get to your destination. No one sleeps well on hard hotel pillows!
10. Last but not least, play lots of music. You can take turns holding different "microphones" and singing. You can pretend you are on American Idol and have the rest of the family be the judges. Too fun!

Remember that safety is a top priority so always keep your eyes on the road and your seatbelt on. Here is a picture that I LOVE of Dexter's first real car trip. He is an angel when he sleeps!

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**This post is sponsored by Alamo and TwitterMoms. There are incentives to those who are the first 30 bloggers to post their tips. I won't know if I win until March**


Wendy said...

Great Tips and Dexter is such a cutie! I think Emily and him should date when they are older! lol

Wendy (money saving mama in Michigan)

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