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Road Trip Tips For Family Bonding

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As we head into the busy holiday season, many of us will be hitting the road to visit family. Since this is supposed to be a joyful time of year where we can reconnect and show our appreciation for the ones we love. Sometimes this can be hard to remember six hours into a road trip with impatient children on board.


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“Are we there yet?” was a term coined by the family road trip! While new technology and toys may have silenced backseat conversations, spending time together in the car can still be a great opportunity for family bonding and learning. Even if you plan on bringing the latest gadget to pass the time, try saving them for the end of your trip when everyone is tired and cranky!

Here are some ideas from Little Passports that are sure to make the time fly by (or at least go by a little faster):

  • Save your most recent Little Passports delivery from Sam and Sofia for your road trip so your kids to learn and explore during the car ride.
  • Say goodbye to your trusted GPS! Bring back the memory of car trips as a kid and use a map! The night before your trip bring out an actual map (if you can find one!) to show your intended route to your child. Even better, copy the map and pull out a highlighter so your child can follow along – and let you know when you missed a turn.
  • Build in time for pit stops – and if time allows, make short stops that incorporate fun activities along the way. Everyone will need a bathroom break and a meal, but if that happens at a place right off the highway and near playground it can be better for everyone! The kids will get fed – and burn off some energy.
  • Hit up a dollar store before you leave and stock up on small toys and activities to give to your kids along the way. Every hour let your child choose a surprise – a great incentive for good behavior! You can even wrap the toys for an added element of excitement.Use this link to make your next road trip educational: Little Passports Travel Tips

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7 thoughts on “Road Trip Tips For Family Bonding”

  1. Thank you for the suggestions! I’ve been kicking around the idea of signing up for Little Passports. This may be just the thing to get us through the long drive to the beach this summer.

  2. We learned the stocking up part last year! These are great tips! As always! My husband just left this morning for a road trip. I should have given him this checklist!

  3. I’ve been wanting to get Little Passports for the kids, it would make a great Holiday gift. These area some great tips for traveling with kids. I like the map idea, I know my little guy would love it, he loves map.

  4. I will be needing this list soon, thank you for sharing. It has been a while since we have done a road trip with the kids.

  5. Car games, car games, car games!

    Although, I cheated and let Boo bring her iPad for the last road trip. We play car games when driving around town, though, and she loves them.


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