The holidays are here, yall! I couldn’t be more excited to start all of our Christmas festitivies! This year, we will be splitting our time between two families, so quick travel is crucial (especially with two kiddos). Traveling is one of the most tedious things to do in life; it’s like hurry up, then wait and it’s all fun and games until someone’s got to go to the bathroom.
I wanted to pass along some of the things we do to pass the time when traveling with our kids! I have taken many trips alone with my two toddlers, so these things actually help me keep my sanity while driving around two demanding little human beings.
Whether driving, flying, taking the subway or riding your bike down the street, we all like to find ways to make the time go by more quickly and keep our mind on something else! Here are 5 of my favorite ways for my family and I to pass time while traveling!
- Audible Audiobooks – I chose this for first because it is almost always what I am listening to from my phone. I have wireless headphones like these so the girls can listen to their movie and I can listen to my book, usually the one selected for each month’s bookclub. I love that you can quickly download the book and that the book selected for bookclub is almost always available! Audible is a great way to make that time spent traveling most enjoyable by listening to a new audiobook! You can give yourself the gift of audiobooks this holiday season with Audible’s 30-day trial with free download of any book of your choice!
- Games – I love to play games with my kids! My kids are toddlers so our games consist of “I Spy” and “Cloud Shapes” but it gets their little brains thinking! I also bring along things for the girls to do like mess-free coloring and other fun activities to keep them busy (and avoid questions like are we there yet? 80 thousand times before we even leave the driveway)!
- Singing Christmas Carols – Come November 1, you better believe I’ve got some Christmas music playing. We love to sing together (even if it’s not on tune) and tell Christmas stories!
- Tablets – We all have our own tablets (yes, even my toddlers…) and I’m not even ashamed of it. We all need one for different reasons and when we upgrade our tablets, we just pass them down the line. The girls usually play learning games or watch cartoons, which in turn keeps me sane so I can listen to my book! 😉 #winWIN
- TALK – What better way to communicate, tell stories and talk about anything under the sun than being stuck in a car or plane together for hours? I know it’s when a lot of our discussing goes on (especially because we have to travel to get anywhere from our small town) so I can count on conversation then. Sometimes, that’s the only uninterrupted conversation that my husband and I get during a day, especially since the girls are strapped in their carseats and occupied! Sometimes we even talk about the audiobook we’re listening to, because let’s face it, you get involved in books and need to talk about it!
I didn’t include to eat snacks because it’s inevitable that we snack no matter what we’re doing! Which reminds me, I need to go make some Christmas goodies for our trip next weekend!
What are some ways that you and your family pass the time during holiday traveling? Do you do any of the things that I mentioned? Do you usually travel by airplane or car? We do both, but it’s so much quicker for us to fly since my husband is a small plane pilot! We love flying, too!
Don’t forget to head over to the Audible website to get a Free 30-Day Trial and audiobook download for your upcoming holiday traveling! We are reading Shades of Blue by Karen Kingsbury for our January bookclub and I plan on starting it on our trip! Listening to Audible audiobooks is about the only way I can get a book read these days, so it’s one of the many things I am thankful for this holiday season! What are you reading? I’d love to hear if you’ve read this book or have a good one for me to read next!
Don’t forget to sign up for your free trial for your holiday travels!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.