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Road Trip Essentials With Babyology

May 25, 2011

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bio_babyology.jpg They don’t call Australia the Great Southern Land for nothing. Thousands of miles of lonely roads stretch out in every direction, so Australian parents have to be adept at keeping kids entertained in the confines of a car or plane. Keeping them entertained is one thing — keeping them entertained in style is quite another. Mandi Gunsberger of Australian-based lifestyle and design blog Babyology shares some fabulous ways to distract kids, big and small, during your next family road trip or get-away.



Clockwise from top left: Bingo/Scavenger Hunt Games by Personality Plus; Little Pocket Tic Tac Toe by My Happy Hobbies; Highway Traveling Game by ramblingtimes; Monsters In My Closet Playing Cards by Dr. Badvibes House of Oddities.

It’s not a road trip without a few games of I-Spy and Bingo. Personality Plus has terrific dry-erase Bingo games that can be used over and over again in the car and at restaurants. Put observation skills to the test with Rambling Times’s Highway Traveling Game, a version of car bingo that keeps eyes fixed on the window. Pack some portable fun with pocket-sized Tic Tac Toe from My Happy Hobbies. For older children, Monster Playing Cards from Dr. Badvibes House of Oddities will pass the time. Along with the multitude of games that can be played with cards, consider packing a book about simple card tricks. A long trip in the car or on a plane is the perfect time to learn some magic skills!


Get Crafty


Clockwise from top left: Sophie Paper Doll Set by emilee rose; Portable Chalkboard Maps by Ashgate Crafts; Kinetic Kelly Spool Knitter by JSorel; Crayon Wallet by My Happy Hobbies; Printable Paper Grocery Store by neskita.

Creativity needn’t be restricted by the confines of the car. Avid crafters may have to leave the paint and glue at home, but there are oodles of traveling craft fun to be had with pencils, paper, scissors and Sellotape. For littlies, the portable chalkboard mat from Ashgate Crafts is a winner, as is the super-cute crayon wallet from My Happy Hobbies. Snip some paper with gorgeous paper dolls from Emilee Rose and sensational bright printable play sets from Neskita. Older children can busy themselves with spool knitting — just think, they may finish a scarf in time for next winter! We love the little spool knitting characters from JSorel.


Play Time


Left: Felt Food Japanese Style by Tomomo Handmade. Right: Blast Off Finger Puppet Set by stayawake.

My kids have a habit of trying to pack half their toy box into their bags when we go on holiday. Bring along a few special toys reserved for vacations to keep their interest. We love small and light felt play food from Tomomo Handmade for back-seat “feasts” and sweet finger puppets from Stay Awake for storytelling and imaginary games.


Clockwise from top left: HOTI Leash by Apple Tree Boutique; Owl Crinkle Toy by Lil Bundle of Joy; Viewmaster Teether by Regal Cottage; Crochet Rattle by nitdia; Mini I Spy by Emmie’s Designs.

The littlest travelers can keep all their favorite toys at hand with a HOTI Leash from Apple Tree Boutique. The nifty leash attaches necessities, whether it’s a sippy cup or a toy, to your baby’s car seat, stroller or high chair. This saves you from scrounging around on the floor, trying to find things that have been thrown overboard! Add a rattle (we like the crinkly owls from Lil Bundle of Joy, the retro-tastic Viewmaster rattle from Regal Cottage and the crochet bell rattle from Nitdia) or an I Spy bag from Emmie’s Designs and you’re all set.


Write It Down


Clockwise from top left: Personalized Kid’s Notebook by Stitchin’netka; Black Beauty Travel Journal by Karen Geddings; Leather Journal by in blue.

Travel journals are a great way to record happy holiday memories, and they don’t have to be all words — collections of drawings, photos and holiday keepsakes make wonderful mementos. Stitchin’netka makes sweet personalized travel journals for children and In blue’s smart leather bound journals are perfect for older children. We have a little tradition of writing down each family members’ “Favorite Thing of the Day” when on holiday — it’s a great reminder of everything you enjoyed, whether it be a super-duper ice-cream cone or a visit to major tourist attraction. For something a little different, check out Karen Geddings’s superb scrapbook-style travel journals — all the pockets, pages and envelopes are perfect for kids who like to collect.

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  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 5 years ago

    Great ideas! I know it's always a challenge to keep our son entertained in the car. :)

  • Chelseaesq

    Chelseaesq said 5 years ago

    where can i buy that suitcase in the main picture??

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 5 years ago

    So cute! I used to use finger puppets in the supermarket line to keep my kids entertained. :)

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    We did a road trip accross Australia 2 years ago. The best thig about traveling in the car is the conversations. I would head off tomorrow just for that. Thanks Mandy for your finds.

  • TheCakeStandBoutique

    TheCakeStandBoutique said 5 years ago

    This is fantastic! Thank you!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Adorable! What a great post! Love these finds =)

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 5 years ago

    So funny...we're on our road trip starting tomorrow. I've been out today gathering things to keep my son entertained and happy. Great article!

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 5 years ago

    i love the black beauty travel journal

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 5 years ago

    What adorable items for children!

  • Traderwinds

    Traderwinds said 5 years ago

    love it

  • Traderwinds

    Traderwinds said 5 years ago

    love it

  • designedbyjane

    designedbyjane said 5 years ago

    Superb finds!!!!!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 5 years ago

    Road Trip! We take road trips every summer. I find it much easier with three kids than flying. I love the time our family spends together.

  • ljenner

    ljenner said 5 years ago

    Such cute items! I love this post.

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 5 years ago

    Very cute items, great gift ideas for people like me with no little kids to gift to my friends. -Rozzie

  • quirkyshop

    quirkyshop said 5 years ago

    Love it!!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 5 years ago

    This is fantastic for moms of the wee ones. love!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 5 years ago

    Lovely article, thanks!

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 5 years ago

    Such fun and cute items!

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 5 years ago

    Oh, im in much need of a road tip!

  • BInspiredVintage

    BInspiredVintage said 5 years ago

    We keep a handled cleaning bin full of toys in the middle of the back seat between my little ones' car seats. These would make great additions!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Great ideas and play things!

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 5 years ago

    fiNGeR PuPPets roCk!

  • dayslonggone

    dayslonggone said 5 years ago

    What great ideas! I am sure children will love these!

  • dayslonggone

    dayslonggone said 5 years ago

    What great ideas! I am sure children will love these!

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees said 5 years ago

    Fantastic idea! Makes me wish my son was little again:)

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity said 5 years ago

    This brings me back to the cross country car trips my family used to take when I was a child! My parents woul have loved us kids to have your items! Maybe then I would've stopped annoying my siblings to death :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Great collection, these would make fab gifts too I really like the colourful games and playing cards. I had quite a few travel games when I was a kid including pass the pigs!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    i'm almost 30 and i still love road games! great article!

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 5 years ago

    Great ideas! We spend a lot of time in the car and this was the perfect article!

  • lacepetals

    lacepetals said 5 years ago

    the felted toys are adorbale. they would be so much fun to make!

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 5 years ago

    Oh wow, I can't wait to prepare for our August road trip with this article! Thank you!!

  • UUPP

    UUPP said 5 years ago

    Love these!!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 5 years ago

    Great ideas to help keep kids entertained!!!

  • sogigi

    sogigi said 5 years ago

    Road trip ideas for the fun!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 5 years ago

    fantastic picks

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 5 years ago

    LOVE the idea of travel journals for children, something they can treasure for the rest of their lives! xo

  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 5 years ago

    Some really cute and fun ideas!

  • opheliasapothecary

    opheliasapothecary said 5 years ago

    such fun ideas! thank you for sharing.....ophelia

  • judythejazzcat

    judythejazzcat said 5 years ago

    Chelseaesq says: where can i buy that suitcase in the main picture? Hiya, Chelsea! That wee little suitcase is part of my "Remixed Vintage" luggage series. See all my art-on-luggage here: Thank you to Etsy and Mandi for another great blog, and for including me in the fun! ♥

  • NaturalPetProducts

    NaturalPetProducts said 5 years ago

    This is great, all we had was "car bingo" but then I'm really telling my age!

  • babyjives

    babyjives said 5 years ago

    Awesome post - we used to do I spy but these would be so much better to entertain my kids now!

  • lapetiteposy

    lapetiteposy said 5 years ago

    LOOOOOVE that suitcase in the main photo! Everything else is amazing too!

  • SuperGozi

    SuperGozi said 5 years ago

    wow! wonderful crafts!

  • LampShadeDesigns

    LampShadeDesigns said 5 years ago

    We're travelling from Oregon to Virginia this summer with 2 kids - we'll need all the help we can get! Thanks for the ideas and I love the finger puppets and the journals!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 5 years ago

    Cool... I loved all the things...

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry said 5 years ago

    My kids are grown!!! Yea!!! ...still getting one thru the teenage years but no more strollers! This stuff is all so CUTE!!!

  • yaelvs

    yaelvs said 5 years ago

    like, like, like!!!!

  • SoapForYourSoul

    SoapForYourSoul said 5 years ago

    good stuff to keep the little ones entertained. Love it that it's creative and not game/video oriented. Great job.

  • SpringwoodSoaps

    SpringwoodSoaps said 5 years ago

    I use to love playing a car game my parents got me when I was young and on a long drive. Was car bingo and you got to mark down things that you saw until you got BINGO! LOL Love all these games brings back memories.

  • alittleindie

    alittleindie said 5 years ago

    I love this! We make a 7 hour trip almost once a month, home to visit family, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 5 years ago

    cute ideas!

  • WildPoppyShoppe

    WildPoppyShoppe said 5 years ago

    I love these ideas!! Inspired for summer road trips with my little boys!

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 5 years ago

    Such great ideas love it!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Cute items. Nice picked!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 5 years ago

    Lovely :)

  • BeMyBee

    BeMyBee said 5 years ago


  • bec71121

    bec71121 said 5 years ago

    i love this its so sweet and wonderful ideas and ways to stay connected to your children

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 5 years ago

    Fun picks. It's too bad my kids are both grown up! Actually, I think they'd still like half the items here. ;)

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    Such cute items!

  • BozenaWojtaszek

    BozenaWojtaszek said 5 years ago

    Great ideas!

  • babyology

    babyology said 5 years ago

    It was such fun choosing all the travel items, makes us want to pack up and travel!

  • humandrattle

    humandrattle said 5 years ago

    We did the across Oz trip last year with our three children, i had to give back gift DVD players to two separate people. (If they knew us they'd know that's not our thang) I kept telling people i'd prefer the children look out the window, but apparently keeping them continually immobilised is the aim... Such a wonderful opportunity to hang with the fam and listen to music. I make up snack packs with the children's names on them and bring them out when it gets a bit scary back there. Also i make up little lucky dip bags of little toys from the Op shop and then re-donate them when the trips over...

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 5 years ago

    That case is to die for!

  • lalalandArt

    lalalandArt said 5 years ago

    Thia is such a cute selection! That Crayon Wallet is simply amazing!

  • toofashion2010

    toofashion2010 said 5 years ago

    Good ideas!

  • teconlene

    teconlene said 5 years ago

    So cute!

  • realfaery

    realfaery said 5 years ago


  • ChaChasTreasure

    ChaChasTreasure said 5 years ago

    Great ideas! I wish I had found much of this stuff when my kids were little, mostly the leash for thing--Genius. I love that you put in travel journals for older kids, we have these for our girls and they only come out for trips, SO THEY ARE SPECIAL. They have to answer the same 5 questions for each trip and then write a couple of line about each day. I hope that one day they will look back and cherish this journal. If you haven't started one yet for you kids do it now. Thanks for reminding me what an adventure travel time can be, not just the destination. Cha Cha

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques said 5 years ago

    Great ideas - I was the "Are we there yet?" Kid Comic books (which we weren't allowed to have all the time) did the trick back then. I see things have gotten classier . I love it.

  • Mietjie

    Mietjie said 5 years ago

    Great ideas, and such cute products! My little son is 2 years old, so anything and everything helps when we travel, even for the shortest tips!

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto said 5 years ago

    So many cute items! As a traveler I love the travel journals.

  • inblue

    inblue said 5 years ago

    Amazing!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for including my leather journal! This gave me some great ideas for awesome baby gifts!!!

  • bpPhotoProps

    bpPhotoProps said 5 years ago

    Fun items - I especially like the crayon and paper holder!

  • oneofakindbabydesign

    oneofakindbabydesign said 5 years ago

    This is fantastic and what a great bunch of items!

  • BelladonnasJoy

    BelladonnasJoy said 5 years ago

    It looks like you've thought of everything!! This is a great traveler's kit.

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign said 5 years ago

    Our family makes a yearly 1100 mile trip to visit grandparents. Spending two days in cramped quarters can be a challenge, even with two great kids! I came up with the idea of taking the spare change we'd been collecting throughout the year, as a reward for the kids good behavior. Everytime we had an incident of "he's on my side" or "she's not sharing the crayons" we would remove money from the stash. At the end of the trip the kids got to divide what was left to use as their vacation cash to go on a special shopping trip with their grandpa. It was very effective, as everytime a squabble would start to ensue, the kids would remember and find a way to work out their differences before we had to intervene!

  • NoaSharonDesigns

    NoaSharonDesigns said 5 years ago

    Such cool items! I want it all! :)

  • TagAlongAdventure

    TagAlongAdventure said 5 years ago

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 5 years ago

    When I was little my mom would pack my brothers and I special activity bags for long cars trips (of which there were a lot). We'd wake up early, and run out to the car to find a drawstring bag that she had sewn for each of us and packed with snacks, a new box of crayons, a coloring book, a little toy, car bingo, a Barbie, or Mad Libs. There was always one new thing that made the long trip a little bit more special and interesting!

  • WhirlyBirds

    WhirlyBirds said 5 years ago

    I love these ideas! It would be a great gift to get a travel kit with all of these items in it!

  • henatayeb

    henatayeb said 5 years ago

    I just got back from a road trip with my 11 month old.. will keep these great activities in mind on our next one.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 5 years ago

    Great items!

  • VintageChildModern

    VintageChildModern said 5 years ago

    Fantastic ideas! I love the finger puppets and paper dolls! Brianne PetalPetal and VintageChildModern

  • DesiCloe

    DesiCloe said 5 years ago


  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    Kids love to be kept busy, travelling long distances can get very boring! Great innovative idea's! Wishing you and your family well! Thanks for sharing!

  • dollybirdboutique

    dollybirdboutique said 5 years ago

    so cute x

  • PinesVintageClothing

    PinesVintageClothing said 5 years ago

    Fantastic ideas! I used to love playing with paper dolls on summer trips to the lake.

  • ValintheValley

    ValintheValley said 5 years ago

    Oh wow that everything is so creative and bold and fun ! I don't have children of my own but all these definately at least inspire me to be creative for the kids : ) Val

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 5 years ago

    Cute stuff. But, the item I clicked on was sold in November and the shop is now empty!

  • nowvintage

    nowvintage said 5 years ago

    Super great post!! These are some great things for car travel activities.

  • ModernMarvelousHome

    ModernMarvelousHome said 5 years ago

    I used to love road trips as a kid! I would spend days cutting puzzles, collecting paper, etc. all for things tod do. I always collect way more than what was needed. It was such fun but my sister thought the whole event was just booring.

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 5 years ago

    great ideas for a plane ride to Australia with little ones-thanks for sharing

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 5 years ago

    What a delightful article! It reminds me of my childhood when the five of us kids would pile into the back of the station wagon - constantly fighting over who would sit next to a window. My father always swore he was going to paint the windows black! Those were the days...

  • lazydayz

    lazydayz said 5 years ago

    Wonderful handcrafted fun and in such bright cheerful colors! ahhhhhh childhood :)

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 5 years ago

    Brilliant ideas! xx

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 5 years ago

    Great ideas. You really need this stuff for a road trip.

  • moseyhandmade

    moseyhandmade said 5 years ago

    yay! love this one!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago


  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid said 5 years ago

    cool stuff!!! I love them all!!!!

  • Littlezozo

    Littlezozo said 5 years ago

    cute stuff :)

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 5 years ago

    Great read! thx Alana :)

  • Rewoodtoys

    Rewoodtoys said 5 years ago

    Love it. Great ideas!

  • CuffandCollar

    CuffandCollar said 5 years ago

    Very cute :)

  • UFCMoose

    UFCMoose said 5 years ago

    Good ideas, gotta love road trips Scott Myhervold Anthem AZ

  • TheIndigoToybox

    TheIndigoToybox said 5 years ago

    what great ideas, thanks!

  • fuzzysushi

    fuzzysushi said 5 years ago

    What fun toys! We spend a lot of time on trains, and we always bring along this miniature memory game: Super portable and easy to make new pieces if any get lost.

  • GraphicAnthology

    GraphicAnthology said 5 years ago

    Some great picks! I really love that crayon wallet. Thanks for sharing!

  • ForgottenYarns

    ForgottenYarns said 5 years ago

    Oh there all so cute and what great ideas. I so love the main image, the one with the frog prince and the princes. That is so creative.

  • buttonsandbottles

    buttonsandbottles said 5 years ago

    Next long flight with my child.. need to stop at your store first. Nice work. Thank you from a mom....

  • NiChaPoN

    NiChaPoN said 5 years ago

    very cute stuff ^_^ I love them. Thanks

  • ManuelaS

    ManuelaS said 5 years ago

    Some really cute & extremely fun ideas! I just love everything! ;)

  • pukapuka

    pukapuka said 5 years ago

    great ideas- must look some up!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    Lovely! The teether gave me baby fever...awww!

  • thepaperplume

    thepaperplume said 5 years ago

    If you only knew how I used to carry around my crayon wallet! Everywhere, all the time! Well done, @My Happy Hobbies!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 5 years ago

    SO cute! Love them all!!

  • WigglinWasabi

    WigglinWasabi said 5 years ago

    My fiance' runs our local toystore and I'm a nanny, suffice to say we have a fair amount of toys at home. I love all the hand made small toys in this post! We don't yet have kids of our own but I know a few little ones with birthdays coming up!

  • cmlvpp

    cmlvpp said 5 years ago

    Great Blog you have here, really interesting ideas, i'm also in this industry of road trip ideas, you and your friends are wellcome to visit any time!

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