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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 23reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 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
    Rated 0 out of 5 by We like listening to fun music, playing games and coloring. My daughter used the ipad once and got car sick. :( I like the color wonder idea too. May 26, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by We do a lot of these, we drive to MI twice a month. We use the Ipad, color wonder, books, and little toys. We also have a special trip to MCD's. They like that its something we only do when we go to MI. May 6, 2014
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