Let them eat cake!
Brittny/shutterstock Cake for road trip snacks for kids? Everything in moderation, right? Erin McGann of Erin at Large lets her kids pick local snacks while traveling. “I really let them pick anything,” says McGann. We’ve discovered some truly amazing things at bakeries and vending machines this way!” No worries, fellow moms, it’s a once-a-day occurrence. McGann’s other suggestion is to let the kiddos choose whatever fruit they want when they stop at a local farmers market. Choosing a fruit provides a fun distraction and break in traveling.
Ajintai/shutterstock This isn’t your typical, “Dear diary, today I had to sit next to my little brother who drove me nuts for 100 miles.” This is an interactive journal meant to be shared. McGann suggests buying a basic travel journal with colored pencils and a glue stick. “When you’re on the go, they are responsible for finding bits to put in them—business cards from cafes, coasters, fliers, tourist maps,” says McGann. “They can spend that restaurant dead time to put things in their journal. It’s a great way to talk over what you did that day.”