How To Road Trip with Kids without Losing Your Sanity. Almost.

There are things I’d rather do than spend multiple summer hours in a car with two small children.  Having my eyes forced open with those little corn cob pick thingies while someone picks at my cornea with a ragged, dirty fingernail ranks right up there.  But this month that’s exactly what I have to do – endure more than 12 hours in a car with my 6 and 3 year old daughters.

Someone hold me.

In previous years, I’ve gone to the nearest paper store and filled up my basket with coloring, activity and sticker books galore but after choking on my tongue at the price of these throw away items, that, let’s face it, will only end up on the floor after a few minutes, I decided to try something new.  This year I’m attacking our road trips like a General heading into battle by putting together an arsenal of car kits with items we already have at home and activities I can print out for free from HP Creative Studio.

Traveling with kids is war, people.  And war is hell.  Best bring the best ammunition you can and hope everyone makes it out alive.

*cue “Ride of the Valkyries“*


There are so many activities on the HP Creative Studio page.

SO MANY TO TRY!  My kids think they’ll be watching nonstop movies on our six hour (one way *snurffle*) car trip.  I don’t think so, my little chickadees.  Mommy is old school.  You will learn and create and you will not zone out to a Phineas and Ferb marathon and YOU WILL LIKE IT.

Go to the “Project Types” pull down tab and select “Games and Activities” and voila!  Word searches and coloring pages and car bingo! Oh my!  Most in bright colors that might take your little one’s attention off the fact that they’re seat belted into a large metal can for hours on end when they’d much rather be eating dirt or something equally fun.

Print out the desired activities (they even have stickers! WEEEEEE.), staple them together to make your own activity book and have them ready for when the little knee biters start whining, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there…”

Armed with this and constant snacking, you might make it to your destination in one piece.  At the very least, you’ve saved some money on things for the kids that you can now put toward the liquid sanity juice you’ll no doubt be hiding in a flask in your luggage.

I love the smell of HP in the morning.  It smells like… victory.

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  1. Dork Daddy says:

    You’re a stronger parent than I. For those long car rides we’ve totally caved… DVD player in the car with wireless headphones for each kid.

    It’s all about survival… ours, as much as theirs.

    -Dork Daddy

    • Oh, we’re bringing our iPads so the kids can watch movies. We’re crazy but we’re not insane. I just can’t sit there and allow them 6 solid hours of screen time. Nope, there’s gonna be some learnin’, dammit, even if it kills me.

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  2. Shannon says:

    “My kids think they’ll be watching nonstop movies on our six hour (one way *snurffle*) car trip. I don’t think so, my little chickadees. Mommy is old school. You will learn and create and you will not zone out to a Phineas and Ferb marathon and YOU WILL LIKE IT.”

    You are AWESOME. Kids self soothe with DVDs way too much nowadays, and have no creativity or imagination. I was in a Denny’s one day and there was a family of 4 … the parents pulled out TWO DVD players for the kids (maybe 5 and 6), plunked them down and didn’t even bother talking to the kids. I mean, COME ON. If your kids can’t keep themselves occupied for the time it takes to have dinner, then there’s something seriously wrong.

    My kids are allowed TV for an hour a day. That’s IT. No electronic games, no TV, no computer. They read, do crafts, play outside, chat nad have real conversations. Not zone out to TV.

  3. Dorene says:

    I wish I could do this with my kids. Any activity in the car that involves looking down at a book spells disaster, especially for my daughter. I’m afraid she gets that from me.

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  4. sleaze rock says:

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after
    I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyhow, just wanted to say excellent blog!

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