These DIY summer road trip kits & memory boxes are part of a sponsored campaign for #CollectiveBias. All opinions expressed are my own.
I have always loved road trips. Almost immediately after I started driving, my friends and I would plan a handful of road trips each summer. Last summer was the first time I went on one in years, but we didn’t take the kids. I have always thought about where we can go as a family, but how would I, or we, survive?
The last few years, every time I had an idea of taking the whole family on a road trip or vacation, I would get extremely overwhelmed. I just didn’t know how we could all survive with little ones in the car for long periods of time. One hour trips can be nerve-wrecking as it is, so how could anything longer work out? I have to overcome the feeling. Now that the boys are 2, 3, & 4, it is time.
A few months ago, I planned a mini vacation for two nights this May. We will be driving a little over four hours to Branson, MO. I thought this would be a good ‘test’ for planning future road trips because it isn’t too far away and will only be one weekend. Soon after I planned that, my parents came to me with an idea of visiting with family on the east coast. After discussing it, the next thing I know, we book a family vacation house in Hilton Head, SC for a whole week in June. With three little ones, driving makes more sense than flying. The drive will be about thirteen hours long. Yes, THIRTEEN HOURS for our second road trip just four weeks after the first one.
With just a couple months to go, I am in full planning mode. So many questions going through my mind and I have an uncontrollable urge to start the planning of all the details. What are we going to take? What will we do? Where are we going to make stops? How will we keep the kids entertained?
The first thing I knew I wanted to do was create Road Trips Kits for each of the vacations. One for the kids and one for my husband and I. Each needed to include my two road trip necessities: snacks and activities. When I was picking up a few things at Walmart the other day, I decided to start shopping for my kits. The snack aisle is a great place to start.
Road trip food for the adults is simple. My husband always wants Slim Jims & Hot Fries and I can’t go without David Sunflower Seeds and Pumpkin Seeds. That’s the way it has always been. When we are in the car for more than an hour, we always have to stop and pick up these snacks. Since these trips are going to be longer, I threw in a few other goodies such as Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popcorn, Crunch N’ Munch, and gum. To keep us busy, we will also be taking a tablet and magazines.
For the kids I wanted to make a kit that can also become a memory box for pictures and souvenirs from the trip. A cardboard memory box is the perfect option. I always have empty ones on hand, so I used two that were plain so the kids would draw on them while we are on the road to make each one unique. With the addition of some stickers, the year and designation, to kits can easily convert to memory boxes to save everything in after the trip.
To keep the kids busy, the box includes crayons, markers, Play-Doh, cars, activity books, and some blank paper. I printed out a map of the United States and glued it under the lid. As we travel, I plan on having the kids color in the state we are driving through. For some extra fun, I created an ABC’s of Our Road Trip activity (printable here). Throughout each trip, the kids can write or draw in each square the different things we see with a goal of filling the whole sheet.
To easily have snacks in the box and accessible, I used a few containers and filled them with some of their favorites. Orville Redenbacher’s Pop Crunch, David Sunflower Kernels, crackers, and raisins are perfect for the boys. Another good road trip snack is Snack Pack puddings.
The kids’ road trip kit fits perfectly between their seats. I have a feeling that they will have a blast and all my worrying is for nothing. I can’t wait to start making the vacation memories and start filling the memory boxes.