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Family Road Trip Hacks

We're on a road trip, so I've been using these ideas for our own family.  They're designed to make the trip easier, the hotel time smoother, and everyone happier.  What great ideas would you add to the list?

I've been rolling the kids' clothes for years.  Each of them has an "assigned" colors, so I bought colored elastic and sewed them into loops for clothes scrunchies.  Each bundle has everything the kid needs to get dressed- tops, bottoms, undies, hair accessories, whatever.  I know that it's very popular to use plastic zip bags for kids' clothes, but I really like these bundles because they're not slippery and can be stacked like firewood.  I pass out one roll to each kid, and they can dress themselves easily.

One of the difficulties with travel is washing dishes.  Even though you try not to have too many to do, there always seems to be a few that need done.  I absolutely hate packing wet dishcloths that soon turn into stinky messes that m…

Rest Stop Fun for Kids

We're on the road right now, so I don't have a lot of time for a long post.  One of the hardest parts of a long road trip is that kids are stuck in one position for hours and don't get enough time to run around.  I have three kids under eight, so I know those kids need to get their wiggles out, but it's so hard to give them time when you're trying to get to your destination quickly.  My challenge for myself and for my readers is to let your kids spend time outside of the car.  Don't just make a potty stop, make a PLAY STOP.

I've collected my family's favorite outdoor games, which would be easy to pack in the car and use on a play stop, either at a park or at a highway restroom.  All of these toys encourage kids to move their bodies around and to play with each other or other adults.  You might even make some new friends by sharing your toys on the road trip.  If you're feeling generous, you could leave the toys on a picnic table with a note that te…

Easy Ways to Customize Your Stuff for a Themed Road Trip

We're still getting ready for our "Everything is Awesome" Lego road trip.  We've been planning for months, but we're finally getting close to leaving.  As I put together the final touches of the trip, I wanted to share with you all some easy, fun ways to customize your accessories for a themed trip.  Of course, I'll be showing you a few Lego things, but these ideas will work for any theme.

After spending way too much time researching water bottles, testing out a few, and debating all the options (and I'll do a blog post in the future), I finally decided to use plain Nalgene mini bottles.  I usually fill the bottles with a lot of ice cubes and a bit of water for our trip to help with the potty stops, and I like that this water bottle has a large lid for filling.  The simple lid design should be easy to clean and unbreakable.

I also really like that these water bottles are a plain color, because it makes them perfect for vinyl stickers!  I bought mine from…

How to Plan a Road Trip with More Teeth (Jurassic World)

I'm guest blogging today at Budget 101, writing all about how to plan a road trip with more teeth!  From toys, to food, to costumes, I've got you covered.  Read all about it HERE

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DIY Blind Bags for Surprise Toys

My kids love blind bags!  They love the suspense of getting a package and not having any idea what is in it.  They even enjoy watching other people open them on Youtube!

Sadly, blind bags are sort of expensive, especially when you're buying everything in multiples for more than one kid.  I try to look for deals at the Dollar store or on clearance isles of box stores.  I don't have either option in my town, which means that I still have quite a few "holes" in my summer road trip entertainment that need filling.

I ran into the idea on Pinterest to wrap the road trip surprises in wrapping paper, but I don't actually own any paper.  I also don't like wrapping regular gifts (we use reusable fabric bags), so wrapping items even for a really fun reason sounds like torture.  As I was contemplating my problem, I remembered some random pin that I saw a few years ago, which used tin toil to wrap the surprise toys.

One of our bonus outings during our road trip will be t…

Keeping the Car Clean on Road Trips

We're going on a very long road trip in the near future.  As part of my preparations, I wanted to make a checklist for the kids to follow every time we stop.  By posting it where everyone can see it, the kids will know what's expected of them and the parents can help hold them accountable.  When all the items on the list are done, it's time for lunch, a snack, or a surprise toy!

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PUT ON SHOES- Anyone else's kids ditch the shoes as soon as they get in the car?  We have piles of shoes in our car because the shoes go off and never get put back on.  Bare feet are fine in the yard, but not so great in a public bathroom (ewww).  Everyone needs to get their shoes back on first thing.

GO TO THE BATHROOM- Since we're probably stopping the car for a bathroom break, we're going to get that done first thing.  I'm hoping that having it on the list will persuade my reluctant kids that they really do need to go to the bathroom now and not wait.


Crafts for Keeping Adults Happy on the Road

Keeping grown-ups happy and entertained in the car is just as important as providing lots for kids to do.  Most of my Travel Time Tuesday posts focus on DIYs for children, but today I'm going to focus on crafts for grown-ups.  Here are 9 things to create to make the adults in your car more comfortable.

Sewing Caddy from Sew Many Ways I have admired this caddy for years.  I find it so inspiring every time I run across the picture.  I love how it clips into the window, keeping it close but off your lap.  You also don't have to move it every time you get in and out of the car, either.  If you have an abundance of cup holders, you could make this caddy without the attached window cup holder.

Travel Pillow by Treasurie This pattern is a representation of all the DIY travel pillow tutorials on the web.  If sewing isn't your favorite thing, you can also find free crochet or knitting patterns.  If the horseshoe version doesn't work for you, there are also long rectangular ones …