Tomorrow we leave for Huntsville to pick up Jay from Space Camp, where he's been this week. It will be the first time in a long time that we will have made the trip with only one kid in tow. I remember how much easier the trip was with Jay when we first borrowed a friend's combo TV/VCR. We plugged it in and set up that big ol' thing on the floor of the back seat of my Honda Accord, with two or three video cassettes in our traveling media library. We later invested in a portable DVD player with a case that could be strapped to the back of the front seat. Our media player and units had become much more compact.
For this trip I will take along my laptop to play one or two DVD's. (Our portable DVD player literally burned out.) I have also just downloaded a new app on my iPhone based on the PBS Kids show SuperWhy. It's for early reading skills development. I've just now shown it to MC so she can try it out and she's having a hard time putting it down. I think it will be a big hit for the ride.
Of course when Sarah and I were little our travels consisted of playing games like travel Bingo and the license plate game and the alphabet game and even Bonk (I think) where we tried to be the first to spot VW bugs and buses. And of course the singing of our entire Girl Scout Camp songs library! But that's the key. There were two kids in the car for those trips. With our two kids in the car, it's easier to pass the time without techno-gadgets because they have each other to talk to. MC is particularly full of questions that she likes to ask over and over again at this stage of her life. I am taking advantage of all the technology we have available to make this trip easier on my sanity.