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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Organizing Your Road Trip with Altoid Tins

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!


Altoid Tins for Travel from In Our Pond

This is going to be a post with a lot of pictures.  I love organizing with Altoids (and crystal lite containers- which is another post).  I bought a huge pack of Altoids for my family to eat, so I could use the tins for crafting.  Here's some of what I've made:



Altoid Tins for Travel from In Our Pond

This dinosaur small world is probably the best of all the tins I have made.  The volcano is hollow, so the dinosaurs can fall into it.  At the end of playtime, the volcano folds up into the tin for storage.  The mini dinosaurs come from a "Good Luck Minis" pack by Safari Ltd (we love Safari!).  The felt is all pieced together randomly.  I'm hoping the kids enjoy it.  I think it might be Dragonfly's favorite.  She's really into dinosaurs right now and only has one item on her "what I want to do in the car" list- small, squishy animals.  These dinosaurs will be a surprise, but are exactly what she wants.



Altoid Tins for Travel from In Our Pond

I always carry around an Altoid tin of bandaids in my purse, but now I have a fancy cover for it.  The printable can be found at the Far From Normal blog.  Besides bandaids, I also like to include a pair of nail clippers and a pair of tweezers- just in case.




Altoid Tins for Travel from In Our Pond

I bought the 4-USB lighter charger from Amazon recently, so I'm going to use this box to keep some of our USB chargers in the car.  I figure that any containment is better than having the cords lose, but I'll have to see if this actually works for us.




Altoid Tins for Travel from In Our Pond

This box is at the request of Dragonfly.  She's always asking me for a "hair tie" to hold the braids she makes in the car.  I also included some of my own hair ties and a few bobby pins.  The small Altoid tin and the bobby pins are held by extra strong magnets.




Altoid Tins for Travel from In Our Pond

I only use my headphones in the car (when I'm not the driver), so I thought I'd start storing them in the car.  This Altoid tin will hold the ear buds and keep them from getting tangled around other things.  The cover for this tin comes from neatorama.com.




Altoid Tins for Travel from In Our Pond

This tin is just for me!  I like to knit in the car, and this tin holds all my knitting tools.  I still need to add some stitch markers (although, of course, I could use the mini hair ties from the other box) and a cable needle.  I'm really excited to have this available to me in the car.




Altoid Tins for Travel from In Our Pond

I haven't finished this one yet, but I thought I'd post it on the end of this post, so I don't forget about it.  This tin will have a felt landscape and "tiny, squishy" safari animals in it.



Altoid Tins for Travel from In Our Pond

I had made this one for last year's road trip.  The needle is tied to the yarn and the end of the yarn is taped to the tin.  The beads are cut up paper straws and pony beads.

I hope you were inspired by these idea.  Please comment with your favorite uses for Altoid tins in the comments.  Come back again next Tuesday for another Travel Time Tuesday!




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