Thankfully, there are people in the world that are much more creative than I who have designed some amazing items to make roadtrippin' easier on minis (and mamas). Here are my favorite tried and true products and activities to make road tripping with kids slightly easier. With some luck these things will make your "5,000 hours and 39 minutes" feel more like "4,000 hours and 39 minutes." P.S. These objects cannot be used to entertain a newborn in the car who wants to nurse hourly. Been there, tried that.
1. MeReaders. A set comes with 8 hardcover books and a tablet. Each page is outlined in a color to correspond with a button on the tablet that reads that page aloud. There are several varieties of them with all different characters and stories. Find them here and sometimes Costco, Amazon, Walmart, and Barnes and Noble.
2. Felt books. I love this food themed felt book that I picked up at the Target dollar spot.
3. Audiobooks. Find some fun Disney audiobooks on CD here.
4. Lace and trace cards. Find some Disney Princess ones here.
5. Tin lunch boxes. These are perfect for holding small quantities of snacks and can double as magnet boards. I love this idea using tin lunch boxes to help learn letters and spelling. Find these at most Target Dollar Spots or here.
6. Coloring books. These lap trays make great surfaces for kids to color on in the car! I also love these mess-free water painting books.
7. Small toys. I think my toddler drove his cars on the window for 50% of our ride. These Busy Books that come with small toys and settings would also be a fun option with a lap tray.
8. Magnet or sticker books. The Toy Story magnet book can be found here. Sticker books like these are also great!
I also like to pack my toddler's blanket with him so he feels more inclined to take a nap at some point. Subliminal messaging at it's finest. Most of these items could also be used for airplane rides, or even "quiet time" activities at home (lol, quiet time).