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Roadtripping with the Kids


Making Travel Arrangements

Anticipate how departure and arrival times will affect sleep patterns
Schedule trips during nap time to make the time pass more smoothly and quickly
Anticipate the impact of time zone changes when finalizing travel plans

Engaging Older Children in Travel Plans

Give your child information about the trip before you leave
Do research on where you are going and what you'll do when you arrive
Look at maps together
Read books about your destination

Packing Toys and Activity Bags

Self-directed toys
Comforting toys (a stuffed animal or blanket)
Favorite/special toys
Duplicates, when traveling with two or more children
Toys that are easy to use when in a seat belt (avoid things that roll)
Pack in clusters (art supplies in one large plastic bag)

Activity Checklist

Reading and Music
Books/audio books
Portable CD player
Music CDs
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Art/Creative Play
Coloring/activity books
Crayons/pens/pencils
Lap-size tray for coloring
Paper
Stickers and sticker books
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Entertainment
Cards
Chalkboard/chalk
Games
Hand-held computer game
License plate tracking sheet
Magazines
Magnets/board
Map
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Making Your Child Comfortable

Rest Time
Blanket
Comforting toy
Soft music
Pillow
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Air Pressure Relief
Bottle
Pacifier
Gum
Drink
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Food and Drinks

For Infants
Bottles
Nursing pads
Milk/formula/juice
Special cups/lids
Baby food/snacks
Baby spoon/fork
Bibs
Napkins/wet wipes
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For Children and Adults
Snacks
Treats/lollipops
Milk/juice
Small cooler/ice pack
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Diaper Bag

Changing Needs
Diapers/wipes
Ointment/diaper rash      prevention
Changing pad
Dirty diaper bag
Cloth wipes for cleanup
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Special Items
Pacifier/clip
Blankets
Rattles/soft toys
Nail clipper/file
Cloth diapers for burping
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Clothing
Change of clothes
Appropriate outerwear
     Hat
     Sweater
     Jacket
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