When we left for our eight day road trip we really had no idea how the kid would react. She’s never been in the car that long in a day, let alone for days in a row.
I packed a suitcase full of surprises for along the ride, things that would provide a distraction for a bit at a time. I got help in this endeavour from Patti at Tag Along Toys. She provided a few things that entertained the kid on those first few days before the family reunion.
The first thing the kid found in my bag of tricks from Tag Along was a bunny finger puppet. I didn’t expect it to be one of her favourites, but she kept going back to it over and over again. The bunny sat on her finger while she played on the iPad and interacted with another finger puppet she brought along.
The second thing may have actually been something I was more excited about: A Monsters University invisible ink book. These books, with their special pens were one of those things I loved when I was a kid. I don’t remember what the draw was but they were one of those things that I always wanted and I only got on trips like this one.
She really enjoyed colouring the Imagine I Can princess, but the pieces were a bit too much for the car. It’s something I’ll break out again now that we’re home.
The one thing Patti included that I knew would be a hit was the small cups of Play-Doh. I broke those out on day 2 and that kept her occupied for a good little while. I wasn’t sure they would work in the car but with the tray on her car seat it was no big deal.
There were a few times when she got overwhelmed or over-tired, but pulling something out of the surprise suitcase was a pretty good fix, and if that didn’t work we cranked up the Doc McStuffins album and she would crack a smile.