Summertime means vacation time for most families.  Whether you are just driving over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house, or packing your passports for an overseas adventure, traveling with children requires some advance preparation.  Keeping busy little bodies and minds occupied while they are confined to car or airplane seats takes both patience and creativity.  Lucky for you, I’ve discoverd some inexpensive, easy-to-make, boredom busting travel activities.

1.  Good Behavior Reward System

When Melissa of 320 Sycamore packed her 5 children in the minivan for a cross-country roadtrip, she made sure they would have things to keep them entertained and  to reward good behavior.  Find out how she turned dollar store purchases and a simple backpack into a travelling entertainment and reward system for her family.

2.  Bubble Wrap Scavenger Hunt

Are your kids obsessed with bubble wrap packaging?  Use that bubble wrap to make an easy, fun vacation scavenger hunt.  A step-by-step tutorial for this activity is available at Ohdeedoh.  This is one you can let the kids help to make.

3. Travel Folios

Stitch/Craft shows us how to put together simple travel game folios.  Lightweight and easy to pack, these do double duty as a sturdy writing surface and game storage.  

4.  Magnetic Game Tins

At her Yellow Pear Blog, Erika demonstrates how she repurposed small tins into magnetic games, to prepare for a long journey.  What great little travel kits!

5. Homemade Travel Desk

If you want your kids to have everything they could possibly need to keep them entertained for hours at a time in the car, then check out this project at Chez Beeper Bebe.  A homemade travel desk is portable, colorful, and versatile–and it transforms into a pillow!

Hopefully these inspiring  will help you have happy, safe travels this summer.  Do you have some favorite travel tips to share?

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  1. I just discovered your lovely blog. I look forward to popping by again for some inspiration! I’m just new into blogging this year & have put together a daily blog on design, fashion, food, travel and anything pretty.
    I had a lot of fun putting it together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.

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