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Summer Road Trip Wish List

This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!

Welcome to another week of Travel Time Tuesday!  We're counting down to summer with lots of travel DIYs, printables, tutorials, and more!  Today, I have a simple list of the things I'm planning on buying for our road trip!

1- We limit the electronics to only audiobooks and music, while in the car.  For some reason, we seem to always have a shortage of phone charge cords.  A couple new ones are first on my list- the brighter the better for summertime!

2- We broadcast our family music selections with a radio transmitter.  Although our current transmitter is working, I plan on picking up an extra one so that we'll never have to be without our tunes.  If you haven't discovered how amazing it is to use your phone for all media, you have to grab this transmitter and try it for yourself!

Kid Stuff
1- On every car trip, keeping the kids entertained is my first priority.  I try to make some new activities and buy some surprises.  I think the kids are old enough to have a car bag of stuff to do.  I plan on modifying these bags and filling them with lots of goodies (stay tuned for a tutorial).

2- The Spot It games can be played around a table, but the road trip one can be played in the car!  There are so many ways to play that we shouldn't get bored too easily.  I like that this game can be played individually or as a group.

3- Skimmer is obsessed with Lego Star Wars!  He would love this I-Spy book, where on each page he must find R2-D2 and C-3PO.  I'm considering getting similar books for each of the kids (I like to buy them used through Amazon).  Bullfrog and I have been talking about buying a "Where's Waldo" book or two as well.

1- I have also been considering getting each of the kids re-positionable sticker books.  There are so many to chose from that I know I can find one for everyone.  We're not a big paper doll, pretend play, or sticker family, so I'm still thinking about whether the books would be loved or rejected.

2- Dragonfly has been watching toy videos on Youtube and has taken notice of squishy toys.  She's also interested in unicorns lately (like most 6 year olds) so I know she would really enjoy this toy.  It squishes down and then slowly rises up again.  It sounds like it might meet her sensory-seeking needs as well.

3- Both Skimmer and Tadpole would love this Star Wars sounds book.  I'm trying to decide whether their happiness or my sanity is more important (wink).  This same series has ones for Disney movies, Thomas the Train, and many other themes.  It would be easy to find one for each of the kids - but, again, do I dare?

1- I haven't quite decided whether I'll just use Dragonfly's "car bag" as her seat organization or if I'll also purchase something like the one pictured.  I like all the layers on this one and the cup holders.

2- One of our main problems on our trips is when the dirty clothes get mixed with the clean ones.  I'm planning on packing at least one of these bags for stashing the clothes.  We'll need less time to get ready if I decide to use a laundry facility.

3- When I was growing up, my mom had a tackle box full of medicines (still does).  We used the same box at home and on the road, which made keeping it stocked a bit easier.  My goal before the summer is to make a medicine chest for my family.

Just for fun, here is our road trip with list from two years ago!

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Summer Road Trip Wish List 2018 from In Our Pond

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Summer Road Trip Wish List 2018 from In Our Pond


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