I like to use laundry baskets for everyone’s clothes. Everything fits - for a family of three ( I get my own bag cause I’m mama) - and when it’s dirty and on the floor, it gets tossed back in again and then tossed into the laundry room with no luggage to put away.
May I suggest:
Story tapes for the kids to listen too. (Library has loads of them.) Engage their minds actively. Yeah, just guilted you, didn’t I?
or, when you have more time and mula, I humbly and enthusiastically suggest:
Jim Weiss which we have two: Gallileo & the Stargazers band name! and Tales from Shakespeare The first is about Archimedes, Tycho Brahe and Gallileo…very captivating and our kids ( 5 and 7) really enjoyed it. Especially the part about Brahe’s nose… Try through your library system first. They come in a variety of age groups and interests.
And you can’t go wrong with a Shakespeare Play in coprehensible english.
In fact, I just ordered four more CD’s of the classics ( Robin hood, treasure island, something else and I forget.)
Another thing we did on our road trip last summer to Florida was instead of the DVD player ( which was probably used for two hours of the entire trip.) was I read to the kids from the front seat, holding the book up so they could see it. I treated myself to some Usborne stories of Aladdin, Treasure Island and other classics that are micro condensed and I have to tell you, not only did they eat them up, they liked the goofy story of ‘the Clumsy Crocodile’ best.
( Wisely, I put the big cooler between them in the back seat to act as the Berlin Wall.)
Make sure everyone has sunscreen on before you get into the car and if you have one of those baby sunscreen/sheild thingies, put those on the windows for the kids or whomever is on the sunny side of the car. That exhausts you …
Take an ipod/MP3 player for mommie time while driving, too.
If this was comprehensible, I will be amazed.