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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How to Plan a Themed Road Trip

I've been planning a pirate themed road trip for this summer's adventure.  We're going to be in the car for at least six days (three there and three back), which gives us plenty of opportunities for some themed fun along the way.

When I first started planning, I had no idea where exactly to begin.  Pinterest actually didn't give me too much information (except for this one post), since, apparantly, themed road trips are sort of rare.  I propose that with all the Pinteresting people are doing these days that themed road trips are going to be the next big Pinterest party idea.

Perhaps you're thinking that a themed road trip sounds like fun, but, like me, you have no idea how to begin.  I've written this post to explain my process (and maybe to explain why there are so many TTT posts).

#1- Pick a Theme
This may seem very obvious, but I think it's also the hardest part.  Think about your favorite things, your child's interests, a party you've always wanted to plan, or your destination.  The pirate road trip is just a fun party idea that I wanted to try.  Another plus is that "pirates" is pretty common and was easy to find coordinating ideas for it.

For this example post, I'm going to pretend we're going on a dinosaur-themed road trip.  Here's how I would plan such a "party on the road."
#2- Plan Your Food
Pop onto Pinterest and type in "dinosaur party food."  See what types of stuff fills your screen?  Cute, fun punny foods, some of which you can take on your road trip.  Things like calling Scooby Snacks "dinosaur bones."  Or cutting fruit into dinosaur shapes.  Or making "dino toenails" out of bugle chips.  Be sure to pack something for every carnivore, herbivore, and "sweet-ivore" in your car.

Before your trip, you can get your kids involved by making "fossil" cookies or hard boiled dino eggs.  You could even extend the theme to lunch or dinner time and pack
                                              dinosaur themed bento boxes, like this one or this one.

#3- Find Game and Activities
I'm dividing my activities into three categories:

- dinosaur skulls matching cards
- dinosaur bones measuring
- Jurassic world in an altoid tin
dino preschool/kindergarten learning pack
- i-spy with dinosaurs
- alphabet letter match
- felt magnets

- gross motor challenge
- dino egg hunt (with Safari toob dinos)
- dinosaur dig in a lunch box
- bubbles

- printable dino board game
- sensory bin (with Safari toob dinos)
- dino memory game
- spot it game

#4- Get Costumes
A great, easy way to get into the mood of a themed road trip is with costumes.  They can be as simple as a masks or hat or as elaborate as a full outfit.  There's a lot to DIY too, including this dino hat and this lab coat.  Since you'll be traveling by car for long hours, comfort is a BIG deal.  It's also fun to just buy themed t-shirts, maybe matching for the whole family?

#5- Gather Your Stuff
The last step in planning a themed road trip is to add in all the extra stuff that will set the mood of your trip/party.  Things like a $2 pack of dinosaur plates.  Or a tablecloth for the rest stop lunch break.  You might pick up a pack of dinosaur picks for sticking in the lunch box or a dinosaur sandwich cutter.  You might find a new music CD or a new DVD for the journey.  Think like you're planning a party, and you can't go wrong.

I hope this blog post helps you plan your own summer road trip.  Come back every Tuesday for more travel tips, ideas, and DIYs.  I'll be revealing more about our pirate themed road trip soon.

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