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Spring Break Travel: DIY Survival Kits for Kids

Spring Break Travel: DIY Survival Kits for Kids

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    Packing Tip!

    Babies come with a lot of baggage. Good thing they’re so cute! Consider packing everything you need in a larger storage container, such as the portable SNAPWARE® SMART STORE® HOME STORAGE CONTAINER 16″ X 9″ if you’re able to bring it along.

    Fun Trip Tip!

    Bring along a small cookie sheet for magnetic letters or to use as a work surface.

    Try This Trick!

    Keep kids from asking endless questions by including a roll of quarters in their travel kit. Anytime they ask “Are we there yet?” they owe you a quarter. Any coins left upon arrival are theirs to keep.

    Quick Tip!

    Keep the kiddos interested by playing a few games of I Spy or Road Trip Bingo that mention landmarks along the way.

    Happy Travel Tip!

    Let older kids pack their own kits. Take them shopping a week before you leave, give them a small budget and invite them to stock up on things they love. Pack together and tuck away until travel time. The anticipation of opening their custom-created box will have them motivated to help so you can hit the road!

Setting out on a spring break trip with toddlers, tots or tweens this year? Prep on-the-go travel kits in toteable Snapware® containers with games, treats, art supplies and more. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, these personalized activity boxes will keep kids of all ages entertained for hours.

Start with a SNAPWARE® SNAP ‘N STACK® 3 LAYER HOME STORAGE 6″ x 9″ container. Then fill with age-appropriate items. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

FOR BABIES AGES 0-2

All children this age really crave is comfort. So packing items that keep both parents and baby happy, especially on long car trips, is important.

  • Essential Eats: premeasured packets of formula or cereal, teething biscuits, baby food, mini snackables, applesauce, bananas and other favorite foods.
  • Creature Comforts: diapers, changing pad, disposable wipes, spit-up cloth, blanket, extra clothing, first aid supplies or any required medications.
  • Just for Fun: rattles, teething toys, soft dolls, board books, nesting toys, blocks and puzzles.

Packing Tip! Babies come with a lot of baggage. Good thing they’re so cute! Consider packing everything you need in a larger storage container, such as the portable SNAPWARE® SMART STORE® HOME STORAGE CONTAINER 16″ X 9″ if you’re able to bring it along.

FOR TODDLERS AGES 3-5

Kids this age are on the move, so stocking containers with items that keep them in their seats and satisfied reduces stress for both them and you.

  • Essential Eats: easy-to-eat finger foods like cheese crackers, graham crackers, peanuts, raisins, squeezable applesauce and yogurt. Keep something on hand to drink as well, like water bottles or juice boxes. And a few jelly beans or suckers (which are particularly helpful at alleviating pressure changes on an airplane) don’t hurt either.
  • Creature Comforts: pocket tissues, hand sanitizer, favorite stuffed animal or blanket.
  • Just for Fun: art supplies like crayons and no-color markers, finger puppets, small action figures and cars, thick cord and beads for threading, small games, flat foam shapes that can be made into endless designs.

Fun Trip Tip! Bring along a small cookie sheet for magnetic letters or to use as a work surface.

FOR TOTS AGES 6-8

Ixnay the “Are we there yet?” with a container full of goodies aimed to entertain. Here’s how to keep elementary school ages busy for hours.

  • Essential Eats: dried and fresh fruit, sunflower seeds, popcorn, crackers, individual portions of dry cereal, muffins and cheese sticks.
  • Creature Comforts: travel pillow, sweatshirt, refillable water bottle, small stuffed animal.
  • Just for Fun: consider “thinking” toys like puzzles, tic-tac-toe, word searches, crosswords or Sudoku. Also materials that let them flex their creativity—markers, colored pencils, stickers, construction paper, glue sticks, pipe cleaners and more.

Try This Trick! Keep kids from asking endless questions by including a roll of quarters in their travel kit. Anytime they ask “Are we there yet?” they owe you a quarter. Any coins left upon arrival are theirs to keep.

FOR TWEENS AGES 9-11

Keep the miles moving with an activity box that combines games, creative play things and good eats.

  • Essential Eats: gum, granola or protein bars, baby carrots, snap peas and fresh fruit cups kept in small airtight containers like those in the SNAPWARE® TOTAL SOLUTION™ ON THE GO 6-PC PLASTIC VALUE PACK.
  • Creature Comforts: slippers, slip-on sweater or sweatshirt, ponytail holders and ball cap.
  • Just for Fun: books, coloring books for older children and colored pencils, small dry erase board and markers, Post-it notes, sketchpad, easy craft projects like origami, playing cards and a jump rope for roadside stops.

Quick Tip! Keep the kiddos interested by playing a few games of I Spy or Road Trip Bingo that mention landmarks along the way.

FOR TEENS AGES 12-15

Traveling with teens can be tricky. Though they’re pretty self-sufficient at this age, a bored teen can be a bad, bad thing. Some ideas to keep them upbeat on the road.

  • Essential Eats: jerky, pretzels, trail mix, fresh fruit, energy bars, individually packaged crackers and chips.
  • Creature Comforts: hand lotion, lip balm, headphones, deodorant, brush, feminine products if necessary, mints.
  • Just for Fun: writing journal, books and magazines (and a clip-on reading light if your tween is a night owl), tablets and e-readers, jewelry-making kit, trivia games, pre-stamped postcards or notecards so they can send mail to friends, who they are no doubt missing terribly.

Happy Travel Tip! Let older kids pack their own kits. Take them shopping a week before you leave, give them a small budget and invite them to stock up on things they love. Pack together and tuck away until travel time. The anticipation of opening their custom-created box will have them motivated to help so you can hit the road!

Once travels are through, repurpose your reusable Snapware containers at home. Great for organizing the pantry, bathroom shelves and bedroom trinkets, these sturdy, versatile keepers are ideal for just about everything!

EVEN MORE KID-FRIENDLY IDEAS

These easy ideas will make your next trip with tots more enjoyable than ever:

Highlights

    Packing Tip!

    Babies come with a lot of baggage. Good thing they’re so cute! Consider packing everything you need in a larger storage container, such as the portable SNAPWARE® SMART STORE® HOME STORAGE CONTAINER 16″ X 9″ if you’re able to bring it along.

    Fun Trip Tip!

    Bring along a small cookie sheet for magnetic letters or to use as a work surface.

    Try This Trick!

    Keep kids from asking endless questions by including a roll of quarters in their travel kit. Anytime they ask “Are we there yet?” they owe you a quarter. Any coins left upon arrival are theirs to keep.

    Quick Tip!

    Keep the kiddos interested by playing a few games of I Spy or Road Trip Bingo that mention landmarks along the way.

    Happy Travel Tip!

    Let older kids pack their own kits. Take them shopping a week before you leave, give them a small budget and invite them to stock up on things they love. Pack together and tuck away until travel time. The anticipation of opening their custom-created box will have them motivated to help so you can hit the road!