We decided to take the boys on a short weekend road trip to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas last weekend. It was a short and sweet little getaway, and to make it more enjoyable, I packed a basket full of goodies for the boys to keep the "I'm bored" and "Are we there yet?" chatter at bay.
The key to making this work is not letting them see everything that is going into the basket until they get in the car. I put in a few books and notepads they already owned, but there were some new ones in there too, and I put snacks in that we don't usually have around the house too.
I made a trip to the local Dollar Tree to get the baskets to keep everything organized. I picked up a basket that would fit between the seats in the back of the car and then found these handy little drawer organizers to keep the little things in the basket all neat and tidy.
Then came time to fill that basket with goodies for the kids:
Here is a quick list of what we packed in the kids' basket (starred items are affiliate links):
Earbuds for watching movies
Cheese & Crackers
I used one of the smaller organizers to contain all the pencils and colored pencils, along with the erasers and pencil sharpener.
The other small organizers corralled the earbuds and kept the snacks within easy reach.
There are also a few other road trip necessities that are not just for the kids:
Small First Aid Kit
Plastic Bags for Trash
Plastic Bowl (in case of car sickness, we learned this lesson the hard way, better safe than sorry on this one)
Magazines to keep mommy entertained
Looks like they had a good time! Watch for the overview of our trip later this week! What are your road trip must haves?