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Road trippin': Keeping small kids busy

Little kids don’t love long hours in the car. But your road trip or holiday getaway doesn’t necessarily have to be stressful. These ideas can make your next car ride way more fun.
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Portable DVD players

To avoid arguments, try to have one per child. If you don't own any, ask around and borrow some.

Glow wands

If you are traveling at night, the kids will love this.

Pipe cleaners

You don't need to spend $20 on Bendaroos. Instead, pick up a pack of colorful pipe cleaners. The kids can twist them around into shapes, letters and anything else their imagination comes up with.

Play-Doh soft packs

The soft packs stay fresher longer and the bags are more travel friendly than the regular Play-Doh containers.

Music, books and more

Pack kid-friendly CDs, new or favorite books, and paper and markers. Plus, don't forget your kid's favorite pillow and blanket.

Snacks, sandwiches and drinks

Make sure to pack what your child loves. Special treats can make the ride more fun.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 25reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Those are great ideas... The only thing that I could think of was playing kid music on our rides and my l.o gets so irritated when just listening to music December 28, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My son can spend hours playing with a sticker book. A fresh one ensures we have a smooth trip every time. September 15, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I've found that my little guy is prone to car sickness just like his daddy = / I tend to stick to water and juice and saltines in the car now so he doesn't get sick, and I don't think he could watch a dvd (I get sick in the car reading or watching anything), but the pipe cleaners are a great idea, will have to try! August 29, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by We recently moved away from home. We drive back regularly, but it is a three hour drive. I have a three year old and a one year old. they sleep for about two hours of the trip and the last of it, is usually the worst. so these little tips will really help me. thankyou.Although i would never allow play doh in my car. Thats just me though. My daughter is only allowed to play with it outside on our deck. July 10, 2014
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