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    This spring, we're going on a vacation. I want to put together some
    little "gift" packs for the kids (for starters to keep them
    occupied, but also to cut back on the need/want for suviouneers).
    Since the vacation is still 2 months off, I have plenty of time to
    start picking stuff up slowly.

    The idea came when I was at Family Dollar and saw these cute little
    Disney lanterns that are battery powered. Dimmer than a flashlight,
    but they'd be great as a night light. Anyway, they were only $2
    each, and came in a good assortment. They also had Disney hand held
    battery powered Fans for the same price.

    Well, here's what I have so far (I went only to Family Dollar &
    Dollar Tree), and I want idea's on other stuff:

    Disney Lantern for each of them
    Disney Fan for each of them
    1 package of glow necklaces for each of them
    coloring books & sudoku books for them to share
    A 2 pack deck of Old Maid/ Go Fish cards for them to share
    A 2 pack of pop top (like bug juice) small water bottles to carry
    with them
    A package with 2 different memo board road games, 2 cards for each
    game, for them to share.

    Now, I want to get them either a backpack (they have school ones,
    but both are from last year, so are falling apart) or a fanny pack
    or a tote they can use afterwards to put the stuff in.

    Aside from that, the only other thing I can really think of is maybe
    a disposable camera for each of them.

    Any idea's on low cost things I can include in thier packs? Food
    wise, we're brining groceries & snacks, so they won't need that.
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    Re: Vacation "gift" pack ideas?


    Wrap a bunch of little things (even snacks) for the backpack. As a
    reward for them, or a help to you, they can unwrap them periodically.

    Sponge (nerf) ball, if you don't mind them tossing it in the car.

    Something to play with (like a ball) at the rest stop.

    On long trips, books on tape/CD are my friend! You can check out a
    whole bunch from the library. Either ones you all listen to, or if you
    have individual players, ones they can listen to by themselves.

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    I bought some inexpensive Disney CD's to listen to and $5.99 CD players to
    listen to them on at Walmart. I also bought brand-spankin' new crayons and paper
    (what child can resist?!)

    Oh, and our favorite - MadLibs! Give me a noun! Give me a verb! LOL!

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    Had to jump in even before I intro'd myself. When we took an 8 hour trip to Ohio 2 summers ago, someone gave me the idea of using pipe cleaners. I went to a smoke shop and got tons of them cheap and even though I had other things to keep them occupied, they played with the pipe cleaners the most. They made lots of animals and when we used all of the cleaners, we straightened them out and used them all over again.
    It was fun.

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    You could by the kids notebooks (little wrighting pads) each so they
    can write down special places they visited and the things they saw
    there, this can be given with the disposible camera so they can
    create themselves a mini holiday photo album when they get home and
    laugh and discuss where they went and what you did.

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    Pony Beads and curling ribbon (the type you use in gift wrap) are
    lifesavers. Several years ago when the kids were much smaller they loved to
    make animals and other things out of these. You can find pony bead patterns
    on line. I bought a large bucket of beads for less than $10 and put
    directions in plastic sleeves for hours of fun. I also bought key ring hooks
    and other such attachments to use with these. You can find books on making
    these things at craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Michaels and Jo-Ann's.

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    How about a small white board & some dry erase pens ? They could play hangman, tic-tac-toe & the game where you close in the most squares to win. The name has slipped my mind!


    I don't know how old your kids are, but mine (older, know their parts of speech) love Mad Libs!


    Another thing my nutcase kids like to do is make signs that say "hi!", hold them up in the windows & wave at people as they pass. Please bear in mind most of my kids are 11 & older (I have a 3 yo, too), that's why they're nutcases. These are teenagers doing this! I guess it could be worse!


    Also, I've always packed colored pencils instead of crayons. Pencils don't melt! I keep a pencil sharpener in my things.


    My family is taking a long road trip next month (Colorado to NW Florida), so I'm in the same planning place as you. But, most of my kids can be in charge of their own entertainment!

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    Re: Vacation "gift" pack ideas?/THANKS


    Thank you everyone for the ideas! They are great.

    I think what I want to do is get some of the scrapbook paper, and a
    scrap book for them to write in, then after our trip, we can have a
    scrapbooking day!

    I'm also going to do hat/sun glasses, the disposable camera, and
    colored pencils (great tip- no melting, I love it!).


    Thanks again, and if you have any more ideas, feel free to share!
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