Family Gift Ideas for the Traveling Family

If your friends or family with children are planning to take a trip, why not put together family gift ideas that both parents and children will love? You will need a basket or a duffle bag to hold this care package of emergency activities and supplies. Inside the basket or duffle, place plenty of games and snacks. Parents will appreciate being able to give their antsy kids something to do, especially if traffic backs up or they are stuck in a hotel room on a rainy day. Some of the things I've used are:

  • crayons
  • coloring books
  • a blank sketchpad
  • a blank journal (for writing vacation memories)
  • pencils
  • a magnetic game of tic-tac-toe or checkers
  • puzzle books
  • a package of individual juice drinks or several bottles of water
  • fruit snacks or crackers, granola bars
  • disposable camera
  • books on tape or CD (check to see whether the car has a tape or a CD player)
  • a card game like Old Maid
  • a small first aid kit
  • hand wipes
  • stamps for postcards

Now make a card that says, "Only open in the case of extreme boredom or ravenous hunger." or "Do not open before you arrive in ..." Then fasten the card to the bag or basket. After all, for kids, wondering what is in this special package is half the fun. .

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