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Old 10-09-2012, 01:43 PM   #11
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We live in Central Tx and took a trip to CO a few years ago, looong ride! We had new toys that we put in a bag for each kid and only pulled them out when they started getting antsy and whiney. They were entertained for a while with them. The color wonder stuff would be awesome for little ones, virtually no mess. Candy and junk is ok to have in these situations when nothing else works IMO. DVD player was awesome and there are Redbox things everywhere so you can swap them out when you need to. We stopped at rest stops for lunch and bathroom breaks (you can look up where they are on your route ahead of time) and we made them run around for a little while. We made them race each other and we did some exercises too, even the adults get stiff sitting for so long! For the baby, we didn't put many clothes on because it gets warm sitting in a carseat for a while, so we put his pants on when we got out.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:54 PM   #12
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The goodie bags are a great idea! The portable DVD player was a life saver. When we moved my son and family from Spokane, WA to Iowa, with 3 kiddos under 5, that DVD player saved us for sure!
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We are going on a 17 hr drive in the spring. (Will be in my small car) We are planning a cooler with sandwiches and drinks. The portable DVD players and the kids gameing systems. They are use to 8 hr drives they go on inlaws to see family so hoping this wont be bad.
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