We’re on the road again folks! I am so happy to be bringing you the Travel Ready Series Part 3, and how we get #jiggywiththewilliams on the road, and prepping for a trip to the open road. Planning out a week long vacation with the 6 people can take some time and also get to be a little bit of study time too. I take a lot of time researching, building, creating, and designing a trip that won’t be over our budget, and also a trip that will be a great memory for the boys forever. Mr. JW always says baby I can’t read what’s in your head, and I do not know what you have up your sleeve. I try my best to walk him through every detail, but he works so much better if he has all details written down. There was a time I could jump on a whim, and travel but the more people get into the mix, the more time it may take for us to get it all together. I hope that you had a chance to check out what we do when it comes to packing, and what bags to use for the trip, and what is the bag limit in this post here.
- Make sure they know the size of the car.
2. They only pack what is the most important.
3. They are only allowed to bring one expensive piece of electronics (DS, kindle, tablet, etc…)
4. They have to bring something educational too.
5. Don’t forget to be grateful, and have fun!
Also, remember we let the boys have a hand in where we are headed by choosing 3 top places, and doing a lot of research on their own so that they can convince us why it is such a AMAZING place to go. This also allows the boys to see why it is so important that we are Travel Ready, and that there is some planning that takes place, and not on the whim planning. In my last post I talk to you about why it is important to bring them along in the planning process, so that they can appreciate the trip and planning even more.
When I involve the boys in the planning, it allows me to teach them school things as well. I know us school teachers when do we ever stop teaching. It will always be in my heart, and I will always make sure the boys have my best intentions too. It’s a learning process for them because they have to do some writing, researching, lots of talking, being inquisitive, curious, driven, all these things that initiates learning on their part. They will be able to read a map, and join in on those conversations that are very relevant to helping during the road trip. While we are on the road I will tuck away different games, toys, journals, and other items that will keep their attention while they are awake instead of asking us every 10 minutes, #arewethereyet, OMG!! (Someone tell this kid to hush for the 915th time, LOL). Here are a few games that I have brought on the road with us, and I don’t break them out all at once, may be two every 100-150 miles or so.
These are some travel ready games that I have purchased, and they are a favorite among my boys! Also, these games are great to play as down time in the hotel or cabin while your winding down for bed, and or after their baths. The chicken foot game is so FUN, and they could play that for hours. My sister has taught them how to play this, and it is a hit..
As, you can see there are games that go from age 3-4, 5-adult. We love to play the games with our boys and also we make it a habit to make those opportunities teaching times too. One thing is that they love to compete with mommy and daddy for bragging rights. #jiggywiththewilliams. Even on vacation we still give the boys bedtimes, and we do that so that we can prep for the next day, and mommy and daddy can have some down time to themselves too. This time allows Mr. JW and I to regroup for a fun filled day, and also look at the itinerary to see what is on the agenda for the next day. Don’t forget I do a lot of writing and plan, plan, and plan!!! When I get ready to plan all this out, I also make sure to plan out snacks, meals, and how much of the budget will be devoted to eating out,and cooking in. This plays a heavy part into the money aspect of your trip, especially for me feeding 6 people. In my next post I will share with you how I pack some of the most kid friendly snacks, and what I cook for my crowd while we are there.
Here is a list of some other Road Trip Fun:
- Books- choose classics to read aloud, chapter books for older children,or books to tape for your younger ones that can’t read JUST yet! Also, consider fiction, and non fiction especially for the places that you will be traveling through.
2. Art Supplies- Coloring favorite characters, or making original art. Do not take crayons they melt in hot cars and create a mess. Instead choose colored pencils, and or markers.
3. Puzzles/Activity Books- Choose dot to dot, search and find puzzles, crossword puzzles, you can get clean cheap copies from your local restaurants.
4. Dolls and Stuffed Animals- Imaginary play, because of space constraints they can be limited to one or two of these. (The Williams will not be doing #4)
5. Paper Dolls- These are flat figures, action heroes, you can store them in a ziploc bag.
6. Travel Games/Cards
7. Teasers- wooden games with golf tees.
8. Hand Held Electronic Games- You have to have headphones, mute buttons, and or patience. (DS, tablets, kindles)…
9. Maps- each child their own maps. They will have fun not only figuring out where they are, but also helping you . This can serve as a teaching tool..
By entertaining your children on the road, they will forget about asking “Are We There Yet?”….
What are some of your favorite road trip blunders with your children?
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