Tackle It Tuesday – Travel Torture

Tackle It Tuesday

Kat Tomasewski, mother of three, author of the blog Mom on the go in Holy Toledo and the book Minimize the Chaos in order to Maximize the Joys of Motherhood is our guest tackler today talking about how to prepare for and tackle those holiday road trips with kids…

Tis the season for travel!

With the Holidays vastly approaching travel is inevitable, and along with travel comes the travel torture. We all know it, even if you have been blessed with the best little traveler in the world eventually tormenting repetitive comments cometh.

Some of the classic tormenting chatter we hear in the car:

  • Are we there yet?
  • I have to go potty?
  • How much longer?
  • I am hungry!
  • Done…Done…Done (my husband’s favorite, our son yelled this after only two hours into a 15 hour journey).


This is when mommy needs to pull out her fun bags…no, not those fun bags (where is your mind?) – bags filled with fun activities for the kiddos. These will vary depending on the age of your children but it is wise to have a small tub with a lid for each child that contains activities they will enjoy.

Items to include in the car for toddlers & preschoolers:

  • Books
  • Coloring books (only 3 crayons & watch them in extreme heat)
  • Quiet toys– doll or action figure
  • Stickers (might end up on car- vinegar & baby oil will get off any adhesive left behind. Sometimes ten minutes silence is worth the clean up later.).
  • Legos
  • Movie (If you have DVD player in car- if not, get one. Movies are perfect for long car rides. Must have strict rules, only watch movies during long trips, that way it is a special treat, and not the norm.).
  • Car bingo
  • Snacks
  • Encourage older children to play additional car games together (20 questions, what animal am I, Name the healthy food- see hybrid time)


I suggest packing in your luggage new time filling activities for the journey home. This way they are not already bored when they get in the car to go home.

You are now prepared for travel. Happy trails!


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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor, Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.

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  1. Roxie says

    We were a ‘military’ family. (now retired) When our children were small we always traveled by car to be home with family and friends for the holidays. We had a station wagon. We were young and foolish (before seatbelts and booster seats were the law) and our boys played well in the back of the wagon with the toys I gave them. A favorite was etch-a-sketch. They also loved playing with magnet letters, numbers, animals etc. on a metal sheet pan. I had markers and books for them to write their thoughts down. We always had ‘dots’ too. You can buy these today at Cracker Barrel. They are sheets of paper with small candy dots stuck on them. The boys spent hours pulling those tiny dots off and eating them. They were so small that they did not spoil the need for a meal…but it kept them busy with their hands.

  2. rose says

    We travel all the time during the holidays and I know how tough it could be. I hear those common phrases all the time. I let the kids pack their backpack full of activities and I also bring my iPad instead of a DVD player. The kids can play games, read, watch movies, and watch TV through my provider/employer DISH Network. With the Sling Adapter hooked up to my receiver it allows me access to all our DVR recordings and Subscription channels. The kids can watch live TV from anywhere we can get a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. The iPad makes a great entertainment system and it keeps them happy the whole way.


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