Family Road Trip
The Cruz family is preparing for their annual camping trip. It’s a family tradition. They’ve been doing it ever since their oldest child was five years old. The Cruz children are now eleven, nine, and six. Over the years, their parents have learned a lot about traveling with children. (Their destination is a four-hour drive from their home.) The Cruz family "unplugs" for their camping trip. They do not take any electronic devices.
Mom and Dad believe that organization is a critical piece. A week before the trip, they make a list of all the items that are needed. As soon as an item is packed into the car, it is crossed off the list.
The Cruz children make their own lists and pack their own belongings, with a little help from Mom and Dad. Each child must have at least two books, some favorite music, paper and a pencil, a pen, and crayons or markers.
Reading, music and games make the miles go much faster. The Cruzs have fifteen minutes of silent reading in the car every hour. After reading time is finished, all the readers receive a small snack surprise from Mom.
The tablet and writing tools help pass the time too. The six-year-old likes to write all the letters of the alphabet, both upper and lower case. They all like to create colorful drawings and pictures.
Music and games are a fun part of car travel. The Cruzs often sing along with their favorite songs. They also play car games like searching for different animals or license plates.
The Cruz family has learned how to make travel fun for the whole family. They always look forward to their trip.