I like to drive at night. But I know you won't be able to -
Here's what I do (we're about to do the same; this Monday nite/Tues morning, driving from MD to WV, a 9 hour trip with a budget rental van & my truck).
A. get tons of new library books (don't let my kids see them until we're on the trip) plus audiobooks, or
B. if I can't do that, I take some of their own books and hide them away so they haven't been read recently. I also took the magnadoodles away so they'll be kind of "new" for the trip. No one's missed any of these.
Tell stories, sing songs. Take lots of stops. Have someone sit next to her, with some toys, puppets. Markers are fun- bring a spiral notebook and a marker, let her draw. If she gets dirty, let it go. it's a long trip. Stop at rest areas so she can stretch her legs, but you're not driving into town and wasting too much time...If you stop to eat, don't stop at normal rush times.
at 1:43 AM on Nov. 1, 2009