Gear List: Car travel road trip activities for kids

We’re trying our best to raise our children with minimal screen time when they are young. For each child, we’ve put together a travel pack that consists of screen-free activities. Here’s what is in our travel packs today:

  • Sketch Pad – such as the Strathmore Series 400 9” x 12” ($9.49), with tough paper that is spiral-bound along the tall edge and large enough that it is easy to set on a lap.
  • Crayons and Markers – we love the P’kolino Artist Travel Set ($14.99), with European-made triangle crayons that don’t roll around and colorful markers in a playful BPA-free canvas case.
  • Yarn and needles for finger knitting and crochet – we pick our supplies up in town but you can find a large selection on Amazon.
  • Lacing Shapes – such as the Patch Products Lacing Shapes 9-Pack ($9.95), perfect for aspiring knitters.
  • Wikki Stix – the Wikki Stix Rainbow Pak ($4.95) provides a surprising amount of creative fun.
  • Water Wow Coloring Books – these seem like magic to our children when they are young, Melissa & Doug offers a wide variety of themes including Vehicles, Fairy Tale, Safari, Under The Sea, and more (all around $4.99 each).
  • Magnetic Board – the Kid O Free Play Magnatab ($24.99) is the priciest thing we put in their packs and it is well worth it, they love it! Just be sure not to lose the pen.
  • Travel Card Games and Activity Card – are terrific and we have a couple options, the best has been the Usborne 100 Things For Little Children To Do On A Trip ($9.64), a set of wipe-clean cards with lots of puzzles, pictures, and things to spot.
  • Auto Bingo – for old folks like us The Original Travel Bingo Game Card ($4.84) is nostalgic, and they are still fun for kids today!
  • Toy Cars – such as Hasbro Tonka Tinys – One Mystery Mini Vehicle ($8.80) are a blast to unveil at the start of a long drive.
  • Calculator – such as the inexpensive Sharp Standard Calculator ($2.99) are a big hit, don’t ask me why, perhaps because our children get so little time interacting with electronics and buttons, they just love doing basic arithmetic, err.. button pushing!

We tend to buy duplicates of everything and then adjust what is in each child’s bag based on their interest. The other thing we do is load up on audiobooks. Combined, these travel packs and audiobooks have given us thousands of miles of road tripping with the kids screen-free.

Nyla dreamily knitting on a drive

Nyla dreamily knitting on a drive

We’re always on the lookout for other great ideas. What’s your favorite activities for traveling with your kids?

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