I may have mentioned a time or thirty that we travel as a family A LOT. Even when we’re not moving cross-country, we travel to visit family by car. From Wisconsin, that means either an 18-hour or 14-hour drive. In one car. With three kids. Good times.
Our kids, while actually very good travelers by car or plane, are still kids, and get bored. When they’ve played all the games of Bingo and ABC Signs they (and we) can stand, and they’ve spent their iPad time, and they don’t want to just read a book, they often decide they’re hungry. I know it’s mostly boredom, but can relate, especially if they’re watching a movie in the car. What’s a movie without snacks, after all?
For our last move, two summers ago, I assembled individual snack boxes for each of them. They can eat what they want, when they want, but there are no refills, at least for a couple of days of driving. We also took these along to Disney and they worked great for the travel portion of our trip.
I bought small craft organizers for a couple of bucks each, then found the wood cutouts at the craft store for about 60 cents each. You could also just use Sharpies to draw a design or name on them, but that rubs off after a while. I used my favorite E6000 to adhere the cutouts to the boxes.
Inside, I just put a mix of salty and sweet snacks, and sometimes I even add an “Unreal” candy as a treat. They also love to find a WHOLE PACK OF GUM OF THEIR VERY OWN tucked in there, especially on planes.
I like this idea because I’m generally “Keeper of the Snacks” in the car, and I’ve spend entirely too much of my life listing all their choices while balancing the snack bag on my lap or rummaging through for the last fruit strip. Now they can be in charge of their own snacking. And….wait for it….everyone starts out with the same amount, so there is no excuse for yelling, “That’s not fair.” It totally is.