Remember being a kid and the excitement you’d feel right before your family left for a vacation? It wasn’t just the anticipation of your destination, but the possibility of seeing so many new things from your backseat window along the way. For me, that excitement typically faded about an hour into our trip. By that time I was fidgety, a little car sick and definitely disappointed by the lack of exotic sites (which were, of course, right outside our city limits).
With spring break right around the corner, it won’t be long before families start hitting the roads again and parents begin looking for ways to occupy the kids. Well fear not, moms and dads! I’ve created a vacation map template
complete with games, puzzles and fun facts. It’s easily customizable and makes a great memento of your trip. Here are all of the fun features I included:
· U.S. Map: Kids can track trip progress and learn more about geography. I used stars to show home (Dallas) and my destination (Tampa, Florida); a dotted line shows the driving route. The stars and dotted line are easily moveable in Microsoft Word, so you can adjust the map for your own start and end points.
· State Information Challenge: I created a circle for each state along the route, with places to fill in state information and favorite memories. As you drive through each state, kids can look the information up using a smart phone or a travel guide.
· License Plate Lookout: This was one of my favorites as a kid, so here’s an easy way to keep track of which ones you’ve seen.
· Journal of our Journey: This is a great way to remember the different places along your route. I’ve included blanks for weirdest sight, funniest moment and best stop, but you can customize this to fit your family.
· Tic-Tac-Toe: Another timeless favorite, I included room for six games on each sheet.
· Florida Facts
: This can be tailored to fit your destination, with information found online from that state’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau or Wikipedia
Do you have any trips planned soon? Let us know where you’re headed in the comments. And be sure to use our road trip template to keep the kids busy on those long trips!