I've never thought I would have made it far on a wagon trail. The East is such a nice place, anyway. But even up and down the Right Coast requires some supplies when traveling with the little ones. Got some great recommendations from friends and had to pass along the best of the best.
Pix are links. Facilitation of shopping obviously a high priority.
All hail the Magna Doodle!
This little puppy got us at least three hours down the road. Three. Hours. When interest waned, I took and drew a story picture by picture, which bought us at least another 20 minutes. Not bad for $12.
One of our favorite rainy day books was a brilliant distraction, too. So many pictures and stories to explore! (Warning if you're reading it out loud, there are a few pages I skip. Not quite time for a Hansel & Gretel story for us.) Love the "what will you be when you grow up" pages!
This lap tray was bought on a lark.
Coloring has been a favorite activity lately and I thought it would be great in the car but for the whole "where do I put my crayons" and "how do I hold this flimsy book" problems. We used it without strapping it around, since some claustrophobic genes run in the family, and it still worked just fine. As hoped, very helpful for coloring and nice for snacktime, too.
Jumbo crayons were particularly perfect for travel. Many thanks to the ever-fabulous Amusing Pursuits for providing them!
I'd never played Crocodile Dentist, but several blogger mamas had this on their travel lists, and it was a fun little game. The bite is definitely not a dangerous chomp, despite some reviews seen here, but the action of the jaws closing was just exciting enough to make getting it out and watching Mama play a 20 minute activity, followed by getting up the nerve to try it oneself, and then playing...another hour down the road!
I was quite surprised when other moms of tots suggested books on tape. I thought we would seriously miss the book. Perhaps it was this specific set of stories (who doesn't want to hear Jack Nicholson talk about how the rhinoceros got his skin?!) but they were definitely well-received.
Obviously, frequent stops (note to restaurant chains near the highway: more playgrounds!), music CDs (I'll have to do another post on those) and snacking in the car get you a long way, too.