We are planning our summer vacation, and with the cost of plane tickets to multiple destinations, it's cheaper just to drive - and then we can do fun stuff along the way! We live outside of Nashville, TN - we will be driving across Arkansas, Oklahoma, Northern Texas, and New Mexico - all places where there really isn't much sight-seeing to do - and then to Arizona where we will stay a week with family. From there, we'll be travelling up to the Grand Canyon, then through California, and then spend a couple days on the oregon Coast (more family), up to Forks, WA (My hubby and I are Twilight freaks...), then over to Spokane, WA, where we will spend a week or two with my Dad & other assorted family. AFTER which, we'll be travelling down to yellowstone, stay there a couple days to see the sights, go through Wyoming to Devil's Tower and then Mt. Rushmore, and then South Dakota, stopping briefly to see a couple places along the way, then down the Iowa/Nebraska state line, through missouri and then back home. WHEW!
We won't be doing this until mid June, and we'll be gone about a month total - but only (ha, only) about 11-12 days of that will be actually just driving.
I plan on getting my (currently) 29 month old a portable DVD player so she can watch her cartoons, and of course we'll be stopping plenty along the way to potty and stretch our legs and run around a bit. What else can I get for her to keep her entertained? I need good travel toys that won't take up too much space, and she can play with while safely in her carseat. I know it's a long trip, but it will be interrupted by days of rest and spending time with family and hiking and exploring, with no more than 3 days at a time of just driving. I want to keep my daughter as happy and entertained as possible. I know games and stuff that we played as kids, but she's too young to understand most of them. Aside from toys, I'd also like to find more DVDS that are centered on learning, stuff that will help her keep up with her ABC's and counting and still be fun to watch.
Any ideas you've got, I would appreciate! But if you're just going to flame and rant or criticize me for taking a 2 year old on such a long trip, don't bother to waste your energy typing. I'm not looking for drama, just ideas for fun stuff my little one can do along the way.
Answer by hibbingmom at 4:24 PM on Mar. 5, 2011
Answer by momindiana at 4:01 PM on Mar. 5, 2011
Answer by Tarrar at 4:01 PM on Mar. 5, 2011
Answer by Hatsumomo at 4:55 PM on Mar. 5, 2011