How to Create Travel Kits for Your Kids

How to Create Travel Kits for Your Kids
Traveling with your child can instill a sense of adventure and curiosity as you explore your surroundings. Whether you're on a hike in a nearby town, camping for a weekend or driving across the country, visiting natural, historic or cultural gems with your child will create a memory of a lifetime. To prevent boredom or hunger, planning ahead and bringing a few essentials will engage kids for hours. These games, activities and supplies will ensure hours of entertainment for the whole family.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Backpack or plastic bin Individually wrapped snacks (granola bars, small bags of grapes, trailmix, etc.) Water bottle or juice boxes Crayons, colored pencils or markers Plastic bag for coloring items Coloring books Educationcal books for reading Stickers Bingo game Map Flashlight for reading in the dark
  • Backpack or plastic bin
  • Individually wrapped snacks (granola bars, small bags of grapes, trailmix, etc.)
  • Water bottle or juice boxes
  • Crayons, colored pencils or markers
  • Plastic bag for coloring items
  • Coloring books
  • Educationcal books for reading
  • Stickers
  • Bingo game
  • Map
  • Flashlight for reading in the dark
Step 1
Allow your child to decorate the backpack or plastic bin with markers, stickers, pins and other flair for a sense of ownership. Have him or her add the items to the travel kit.
Step 2
Divide snacks into rations (small bag of trail mix, one apple, etc). Store remaining snacks in hidden location in the car.
Step 3
Place crayons, colored pencils and markers of your child's interest into a smaller plastic bag. Add books, coloring books and plastic bag of coloring items in larger container.
Step 4
Add map of location where you will be traveling. You can print one online, get one from AAA or buy a map. The National Geographic Magazine Kid Map is an excellent resource.

Your child will love following along as you drive each mile. Have your child draw a line of where you will be going, circle pit stops and star highlights. Engaging your child in the trip process is a fun way to teach geography, awareness of surroundings, history, culture and appreciation of natural beauty.
Step 5
Educational books are an interactive method of engaging your child with their surroundings.

A few recomendations include the "USA" travel guide from Eyewitness; "Listen to the Wind," Greg Mortenson's children's book on cultural travel; and the "Time For Kids Almanac," which contains trivia fun-facts that your child will love to read about and quiz the family on.
Step 6
Stickers can be used on books, coloring books and drawings to capture your child's surroundings along the trip. You can print your own stickers or order them online. (See Resources.)

Tips & Warnings

 
Encourage your child to participate in each activity. Explain where you are geographically and point out different landmarks to take part in active learning. Remind your child of new activities from time to time so that he or she doesn't get a chance to even mention boredom or complain. Enjoy learning and exploring with your child.
 
Encourage your child to participate in each activity. Explain where you are geographically and point out different landmarks to take part in active learning. Remind your child of new activities from time to time so that he or she doesn't get a chance to even mention boredom or complain. Enjoy learning and exploring with your child.
 
Do not allow crayons to be in the sun - there is nothing worse than melted crayons stuck to the backseat of your car. Be sure to keep all materials in the backpack or container, especially snacks and coloring items. This will prevent loose markers and spilled trail mix on the floor.
 
Do not allow crayons to be in the sun - there is nothing worse than melted crayons stuck to the backseat of your car.
 
Be sure to keep all materials in the backpack or container, especially snacks and coloring items. This will prevent loose markers and spilled trail mix on the floor.

Article Written By Kay W

Kay W has more than 10 years of freelance writing experience, including technical papers, grants for youth and environmental nonprofits and consulting materials. With a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering and a Master of Arts in environmental organizational leadership, Kay W has a diverse educational and technical professional background.

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