Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

DIY Road Trip Survival Bags for Kids

One of the best ways to save money on your family vacation is to drive to your destination. Even if you have to rent a car, this is still the economical choice especially if you have a large family. Those miles stretching on can make you start to question the value once your kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Fancy DVD players and portable game systems can help but they won’t keep them fed. Additionally, do you really want them plugged in the whole trip? Instead, save your sanity and engage your kids with these DIY road trip survival bags.

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Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

Choose Your Bag

Using what you have is the best way to save money. I recommend drawstring bags if it is an option. They are convenient, inexpensive, and most importantly incredibly easy to wash. Let’s face it: kids are messy! We used these Humana bags that I got for free at a crop I attended but here are some you can get if you don’t have any. One last thing to keep in mind when choosing your bag is the motor skills of your kids. Not all children can work zippers or buttons which is another reason I recommend drawstring bags.

 

Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

Delegate Snacks

Don’t just buy some individual packages to toss in the bags. Save money by purchasing full-size containers and dividing them among snack bags. Another great option for snacks is to make your own. Granola bars, dried fruit, and cucumber chips are all easy and healthy alternatives to store-bought.

Tip:

To prevent kids from mindlessly munching during the trip, set an alarm on your phone for every hour or two of the trip. When the alarm goes off, kids choose 1 of their pre-portioned snacks to eat.

 

Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

Add Activities

Activities will vary by your child’s age. Your child’s favorite small toys can be added such as cars, action figures, and dolls. Another great item to add is activity books and crayons. Interactive books are also fantastic for road trips. If you need some budget-friendly ideas, here are some great ones by age:

 

Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

Toddler:

  1. Dot to Dot for Tiny Tots – “The ideal first activity book for toddlers, Dot to Dot for Tiny Tots is full of simple dot-to-dot exercises and maze puzzles, which help young children develop their fine motor and problem-solving skills, as well as number recognition. Printed on high quality paper with a die-cut carry handle.” – Book Outlet
  2. Noah’s Noisy Zoo – “From the time they first begin to speak, young children love making and identifying animal sounds. And there’s no better story that captures God’s creatures more than Noah’s Ark! Children will be led to tell Mom and Dad about each animal’s sound, an engaging activity that kids love to do. And this “fit-together” board book features bold, colorful cut-outs on each spread that showcase the animals on the ark in a fun, dynamic way. The cut-outs for each spread “fit” together when the book is closed, creating a fun surprise for kids on every page.” – Book Outlet
  3. Scratch and Reveal Guess Who – This is just as it sounds. You scratch off the coating to reveal the animal. This is such a fun and interactive idea for toddlers.

 

Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

5 and Up:

All of these books are reusable sticker books but they are special because they are great for teaching kids about the world around them. You can pick ones that fit your child’s interests and expand their mind while they play.

  1. Eyelike Animals
  2. Eyelike Bugs
  3. Eyelike Colors
  4. Eyelike Sky
  5. Eyelike Baby Animals
  6. Eyelike Dinosaurs
  7. Eyelike Wild Animals
  8. Eyelike Space

 

Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

7 and Up:

  1. Mr. Men, Little Miss, and Me – “Immerse yourself in the exciting world of Mr. Men and Little Miss in this fabulously fun journal. Takes quizzes to find out if you’re Little Miss Sunshine or Little Miss Bossy, Mr. Lazy or Mr. Busy; play games, complete puzzles, and answer questions about all the Mr. Men and Little Misses. You can even make up your own Mr. Men or Little Miss character!” – Book Outlet
  2. The Vacation Coloring Book – “Whether or not school’s really out for the summer, kids can travel the great, wide world with this vacation-themed coloring book. From tropical palm trees to towering skyscrapers, fantastic sand castles to grand sculptures, these cool illustrations will encourage children to have fun, use their imaginations, and be creative.” – Book Outlet
  3. Girl’s World Super Sticker Book – “Join the Girls’ World and read about all sorts of fun activities that you and your friends can share. With the help of the stickers and your imagination, you can also create original stories of your own. Inside this book, you will find over 200 reusable stickers to enjoy and collect.” – Book Outlet
  4. Star Wars Stickerscape Book – “Let your creativity run wild with Ultimate Sticker Collection: Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Stickerscapes. Containing more than 1,000 reusable stickers of new heroes, villains, and vehicles, Stickerscapes includes 14 amazing backgrounds for you to create your own Star Wars: The Force Awakens scenes!” – Book Outlet
  5. Angry Birds Transformers – “Everyone’s favorite bird heroes and those Bad Piggies have turned into Autobirds and Deceptihogs who can race and chase and turn into robots! Learn all about their talents and epic robot battles in DK’s exciting sticker collection. With engaging text and full-color reusable stickers, Ultimate Sticker Collection: Angry Birds™ Transformers™will keep children entertained for hours.” – Book Outlet

 

Road trips drag when kids start getting cranky and hungry an hour into the drive. Save your sanity with these DIY road trip survival bags.

DIY Road Trip Survival Bag Extras

There are some extra items that will make the trip easier that you may not think of. You will definitely be glad you have them on the trip.

  • Water BottlesThese are essential for hydration and are much better for your kids than pop or Kool-Aid.
  • TowelsSmall towels (or washcloths) are perfect for small spills and dirty fingers in the car.
  • Wet WipesA travel container of these is perfect for just about any situation and a road trip is no exception.
  • SunglassesYou can’t predict where the sun will shine and sometimes tinted windows or sunshades just don’t cut it. Have a pair of sunglasses your kid can pull out will help ward off those mid-trip whines.

These DIY road trip survival bags will help you have a smooth road trip and not begrudge the money you’re saving. They also allow you to control what your kids snack on and what they play with. If you have an extremely long trip coming up you can also check out these Kids Car Activity Binders complete with free printable activity sheets and a trip tracking coloring page. Simply add them to your bags before you head out and you will have everything you need to make your road trip go more smoothly.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it?

Are You Losing Out on Free Money?

You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it?

People love saving money. Even the biggest spendthrift is still excited about finding a great deal. Bottom line: You want to keep as much dough as possible to spend on the fun stuff (or build up your savings if you’re feeling responsible). That’s why most of you already have the Groupon app on your phone. (If you don’t, you totally should.) Now you can save even more without taking up any extra storage space on your phone. You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it? Stop losing and start saving, especially on travel!

 

You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it?

 

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You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it?

Convenience of One Application

Instead of having an app for every store and coupon database, everything is in one place. This saves you valuable space on your phone for the things that matter like those vacation photos. If you already have the app, you already have the coupons. Simply open up Groupon, click on the coupons tab, and search by store or category for what you need.

 

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Great for Travel

This is one the big ways you’re losing out. Most people don’t think about using their phone apps when they travel but you should. This isn’t just for saving on hotels and car rentals (although you totally can). Here are some other great ideas for using the Groupon app when travelling:

  • RestaurantsWhen you travel you tend to eat out more. Save some cash by looking up coupons for your family’s favorite restaurants. Also, if you’re in an unfamiliar area, search for food coupons by zip code to find out what’s available in the area.
  • Automotive NeedsAgain, while you can save on rental cars with Groupon, there are other needs that may crop up while traveling. If you have car troubles while out of town, search the app for discounts at places like Advance Auto Parts and service centers!

 

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Save on the Everyday

These coupons are not just for clothes and restaurants. They will save you money on tons of necessities too. You can save on:

  • MembershipsFind discounts on memberships to places like Sam’s Club and Amazon Prime.
  • Self-ImprovementGroupon has coupons for items like Rosetta Stone if you’re looking to expand your fluency. You will also find discounts on fitness equipment to get ready for the beach this summer.
  • FinancesGet your finances in order with discounts on Quicken software, Manilla financial organizer, and checks.
  • InsuranceYou know that stuff you’re already paying for anyway like pet insurance and car insurance? You can even find coupons to save on these.

You’ve probably seen that Groupon now has coupons available but are you losing out on free money because you don’t realize all of the ways to use it?

If you’re going to have an application taking up space on your phone it is important to make sure you are utilizing it to its full capacity. With the Groupon app you would also be losing out on valuable savings. Now that you know, how will you use Groupon Coupons to save? Do you have extra tips to use them on vacation? I’d love to hear your advice and ideas in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

DIY Monogrammed Tote Bag

I don’t know about you but I love the beach! If our house were a dictatorship, with me as queen, every family vacation would be to the Gulf Coast. Unfortunately, we take turns deciding destinations. This means more often than not our trips consist of hiking and camping. If your family vacation finds you -anywhere off of the trails, this is the perfect do-it-yourself project for you. This monogrammed tote bag can be customized to your style and holds everything you’ll need for a day out! (Or you can do what I did and give it as a wonderful gift.)

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Materials

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Step 1

Using your fabric marker, draw the initial you want in the middle of your tote bag.

Tips:

  • You will need to go over the initial multiple times to darken it. Think of it as multiple coats of paint.
  • If you would like, you can add decorative swashes to it (as I did).
  • If you don’t trust (or like) your handwriting, you can use a stencil for your monogram.

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Step 2

Once the paint has dried, go over the design with a heat tool.

Tip:

  • Hold the tool at least 12 inches from your design if you are using the same bag in the photos. The material it is made of will melt if exposed to the extreme heat that a heat gun can put out.

 

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Step 3

Next, remove the metal clips from your flowers as well as any packaging.

Tip:

  • The flower clips pictured were easy to disassemble. Gently pulling on the clip made it come right off.

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Step 4

Cut the remaining stems off of your flowers.

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Step 5

Add a generous amount of hot glue to the back of one of your flowers and adhere it to your tote.

Tip:

  • Let the glue cool slightly before pressing the flower to your tote. A few seconds should be enough. You simply don’t want the glue to melt through the bag.
  • Slide your hand inside the tote and press firmly from behind to better secure the flower.

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Step 6

Repeat step 5 with each remaining flower you would like on your tote bag.

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Step 7

Allow everything to cool and then use as wanted.

 

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

Whether you're hitting the beach or traveling historical sites with your family, get yourself vacation ready with this DIY monogrammed tote bag!

This monogrammed tote makes a perfect beach bag because of the size and material of it. Of course, you will love it so much that you’ll be happy to sling it on your shoulder even if your family adventures don’t take you to the sand. To wash, simply wipe your tote down with a damp cloth. Mild soap is okay if needed but no bleach or heavy duty cleaners. Also, be sure to wipe it down by hand. The washer will make the flowers come off. Lastly, if your little girl will be traveling with you, make her this adorable little purse to show off on your trip!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

Must-Read Tips for Big Travel Savings

You love exploring new places with your family. There definitely are those favorite places you love to return to over and over again. Unfortunately, money can be a major barrier to traveling as much as you would like. What if there were ways to save money on travel even if you have a big family? You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

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You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

Planning

You don’t always have to plan in advance to save money. Hotels often offer last minute deals to fill up unsold rooms. On the flip side of that, the earlier you book your flight the more you are likely to save on it. Also, it can be worth it to drive a little further to an airport with cheaper flights, depending on your options. This all boils down to knowing the best timing for deals before you start planning. In addition to the tips above, don’t forget that going in the off-season for an area will also help save you a bundle. Do some research and find out when the off-season is for your vacation destination.

 

You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

Free Rewards

Another tip worth taking advantage of is free rewards programs. When you sign up for loyalty programs for free, you can reap the benefits on purchases you already make. Hotels offer perks like free internet and breakfast or even points towards a free stay! Another rewards program type to look into is gas station rewards programs. You can earn discounts on fuel, free coffees, and more through these rewards. Again, they are totally free for you to sign up for and they are an excellent way to save even more on trips!

 

You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

Save on Flights

If it is an option at an airport near you, fly with an airline that has no bag fees. Unfortunately this isn’t available in all areas. That doesn’t mean you can’t still save some dough. Here are other tips that will help you save:

  • Pack EfficientlyIf you can fit everything in a carry-on you will pay a lot less on baggage fees. As a bonus, you won’t have to worry about the airline losing your luggage.
  • PursesPurses and similar sized bags always fly free. Get more free luggage on by having every member of your family bring a bag on board.
  • Be FlexibleBook your flight first and be flexible in your dates. Once you find flight dates in your price range, book the rest of your trip around them.

Save with Lodging

When booking a place to stay, don’t only focus on saving on lodging. You also want to keep in mind how your lodging can save you on your vacation. Food is a major expense when you travel so try to book lodging with a kitchen. If you are staying 5+ days it is worth it to look at condo rentals. If it will be a shorter trip, try to find a hotel room with a refrigerator and microwave at the very least. This will allow you to visit a grocery store and eat some meals in your hotel room. Another way to save is to share one room with your kids (especially when they are younger). Not only will you save money, you will get some quality bonding time in such close quarters.

 

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Drive

You can save hundreds or more if you drive instead of fly, even if you rent a car. Yes, the trip might take longer but it also makes the trip a fun family adventure. The journey can be just as exciting as the destination. Here’s how you can save even more on vacation by driving:

  • Pack food and drinks. These don’t need to be just for the drive, either. Bring meals that can be heated up on vacation to save a ton on food costs. (Freezer meals are great for this!)
  • Bring games, movies, and activities for kiddos without worrying about the extra luggage fees.
  • Driving also allows you to bring comfort items for kids. Pack their favorite blanket or stuffed animal to make staying away from home easier for them.

 

You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

Get Your Money Back

When you book your vacation, save even more by earning cash back for free (and no, I’m not talking about a credit card). You are booking all of your travel online anyway so use Ebates and earn cash back on all of it. You will be able to earn cash back on your arrangements whether you book through the direct sites or not. Simply make sure that you have the web browser plugin installed and it will alert you whenever cash back is available for the site you’re on. If you want to save even more, book your entire trip through a site like Hotwire. This will find great deals for you and it earns you cash back through Ebates. Perfect way to get the most bang for your buck.

 

You can create big memories on a small budget! These tips for big travel savings will help make more family adventures possible.

When you use these tips it’s not a question of if you will save but how much more will you save on travel. You will even save on last minute travel arrangements. Plus, the more you use these tips the quicker they will become second-nature for you helping you save all of the time. When you use Ebates every time you book, you can just sit back and watch the cash back stack up. You’ll be the go-to travel guru in the family! Where will your family go this year? I’d love to hear about your adventure plans in the comments!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Find out why this is the single best family investment! Spend more time with your family and make thousands of memories on a small budget!

8 Reasons This is the Best Family Investment

There are a lot of things I look forward to during the summer.  Number one is definitely more time with my family.  During the school year, everyone is so busy and we are very constricted by schedules, holidays, and pretty much just life.  The summer offers us more freedom to explore, play, and get messy.  I love it. One of our absolute favorite summer activities is going to the zoo. If you think the zoo is just about seeing animals, you need to check it out again. We go at least a couple of times a week. I’m not an animal lover by any means, but there is just something about visiting the majestic creatures there.  It is incredible and entertaining. However, there are so many other amazing activities, photo ops, and general fun to be had at the zoo outside of the animals!   The best part is that most zoo passes aren’t very expensive. That is why a zoo pass is the best summer family investment.

 

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1. Free Shows and Concerts

Zoos often have free shows and concerts throughout the year. The Cincinnati Zoo has Tunes and Blooms every week in April which is weekly, after hours free concert. We’ve also been to other shows during the year that were 100% free and family friendly. A few years ago we attended a fun Avenger’s show that our oldest son absolutely loved!

 

2. There are Tons of Photo Ops

There are countless places for amazing photo opportunities. Some of them the kids love so much that you can look back at all of the photos later and watch them grow up. It is incredibly special and a wonderful keepsake to create. Last year, we even received a FREE professional (and printed) family photo for member’s appreciation night!

 

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3. Member’s Appreciation

Most zoos offer some sort of member appreciation. At the Cincinnati Zoo they have a specific night dedicated to it. There are tons of perks including the photo mentioned above. You also receive amazing discounts on face painting, food, and more. Plus some fun freebies and activities are included on top of the regular zoo activities.

 

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4. Rides and Playgrounds

There are also rides and play areas in the zoo. Kids will always enjoy the train, the merry-go-round, and the playground. Some zoos, like ours, even offer 3D theaters! 

 

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5. Learning Opportunities

As you would imagine, the zoo is packed with learning opportunities. There are interactive animal centers and fun facts plastered everywhere. You can learn about more than just animals at the zoo, too. For example, our zoo had a real food garden for a few years that was a lot of fun for the kids.

 

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6. Animal Encounters

From special animal encounters set up throughout the zoo where kids can actually get up close and pet the animals to the regularly scheduled ones, there are lots of ways to engage with the animals. We have pet snakes, alligators, penguins, and more. We have fed and brushed goats. These are wonderful experiences that your kids will cherish as they grow.

 

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7. Special Events

Zoos also hold special events around holidays. At Easter, kids can stop by stations placed throughout the zoo and receive treats as well as get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. In October there is trick-or-treat every weekend. Also, the zoo is open year-round. In the winter, our zoo has the Festival of Lights which is fun and gorgeous. We have met Mr. and Mrs. Gingerbread and sipped on free cocoa while enjoying the beautiful lights all over.

 

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8. Save on Food

Another important thing to point out is that you save even more by choosing the zoo because you can bring in your own food. We always pack lunch, snacks, and drinks so we are set for the whole trip. Another little tip for you is to bring some sort of small treat, like a sucker, because if you walk by some ice cream or cotton candy but aren’t going to buy any, you can pull out the surprise treat. Your kids will love it!

 

Again, all of this is included with a zoo pass which is good for 12 months from the date you get it.  We pay a little less than $200 for our season pass which gets in 2 named adults, plus 2 adult guests, and up to 8 children each visit.  It also covers our parking which can run around $9 a visit.  Compared with theme parks, aquariums, and museums this is an incredible deal. A couple hundred dollars for a year’s worth of fun, activities, and family memories? Absolutely worth it. Looking for other summer ideas?  Check out our summer page!

 

Find out why this is the single best family investment! Spend more time with your family and make thousands of memories on a small budget!

In case you’re wondering, I have not been compensated in any way for this post.  My family just truly enjoys visiting the zoo as much as possible.  We go all year long and the benefits have been innumerable. I want to help you make the most of your money and time which I feel a zoo pass absolutely does.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Keep your kids safe in public. These DIY emergency lanyards for kids are the perfect solution for younger children on family outings and vacations

DIY Emergency Lanyards for Kids

If you’re like our family, you love going on outings and exploring new places with each other. We love to get out, especially in the summer, and do things together as a family.  We spend a lot of time at the zoo, hiking, and other places that can be crowded and/or dangerous to get separated.  While I pray that no one ever knows the fear of being separated from their children, I also believe it is best to always be prepared. It is important to teach kids public safety early and even more important to have a system in place for kids who are too young to talk. These DIY emergency lanyards for kids are the perfect solution for younger children. Each child should have his or her own lanyard and you should always make sure the information on it is up-to-date.  Luckily, it is so simple to make and you can grab the free printable for you to make these for your own children.

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Keep your kids safe in public. These DIY emergency lanyards for kids are the perfect solution for younger children on family outings and vacations

Materials

 

Step 1

Print and fill out kid’s emergency ID printable for each child. Or make your own including important contact and allergy information for your child.

 

Keep your kids safe in public. These DIY emergency lanyards for kids are the perfect solution for younger children on family outings and vacations

Step 2

Cut out ID’s and place on self-laminating sheet.  Cover and seal, being sure to leave space between each ID.

Note:

  • I like using the single-sided laminating sheets because it is easier to control the items you are laminating but that is a personal preference.

 

Keep your kids safe in public. These DIY emergency lanyards for kids are the perfect solution for younger children on family outings and vacations

Step 3

Cut out laminated ID’s, leaving about ¼” border of plastic around the edge.

 

Keep your kids safe in public. These DIY emergency lanyards for kids are the perfect solution for younger children on family outings and vacations

 

Step 4

Punch a hole in the top of the laminated ID close to the paper and not the outside edge. If you place it too close to the edge, it increases the chances of the tag ripping off of the lanyard.

 

Keep your kids safe in public. These DIY emergency lanyards for kids are the perfect solution for younger children on family outings and vacations

Step 5

Next, place your eyelet through the whole and secure in place with an eyelet setter.

 

Keep your kids safe in public. These DIY emergency lanyards for kids are the perfect solution for younger children on family outings and vacations

Step 6

Thread your plastic cording through your eyelet.

Tip:

  • I chose to braid mine to make it sturdier.  Also make sure it is long enough to loop around your child’s neck like a necklace.

 

Keep your kids safe in public. These DIY emergency lanyards for kids are the perfect solution for younger children on family outings and vacations

Step 7

Securely knot the cording and attach plastic clip.

 

Keep your kids safe in public. These DIY emergency lanyards for kids are the perfect solution for younger children on family outings and vacations

If your child has belt loops when you’re out and about, clip to the belt loop and also pull the ID through one of them.  Then put the ID part in their pocket.  This is the most secure way for kids to carry these.  If they don’t have belt loops and/or pockets, it can also be worn as a necklace under their shirt or dress.  Make sure it is not immediately visible and talk to your kids about showing the ID to law enforcement or location workers if they ever get lost or separated from you. Make sure they know how to identify the people who they should go to for help. Now, you can enjoy your time together more and worry less while on vacation or in a busy park.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

Top 10 Camping Items You Don’t Know You Need

I am not a camper.  Let me say it again in case I wasn’t clear: I am not a camper.  Give me a book and the beach over camping any day of the week.  Unfortunately, this year I was outvoted on our vacation destination.  This meant a week of bugs, heat, and no internet for yours truly. The uninterrupted time with family is priceless and frankly there was still coffee, so all-in-all it was a great trip.  Still, there are a few things I wish we would have thought to bring or simply used constantly on our trip that I want to make a list for you.  Here are the top 10 camping items from a non-camper who learned by doing (or not having).

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Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

 

1. Ziploc Bags

Why did we not bring an entire box of these?!  I packed exactly 2 extras which, unfortunately, were not enough.  You definitely need these and here’s why:

  1. When you are out hiking, you need something to put sandwiches and snacks in unless you plan on carrying all of the ingredients with you during your hike.
  2. Place your phone and/or camera in one to help protect it while you’re out and about.
  3. Kids will want to collect weird, crazy stuff (“Look at this wet, moss-covered stone!”) that you definitely do not want bumping around your pack with your other gear and food.
  4. You want something to put leftover food in.  Take it from me, waterlogged marshmallows are gross and cannot be roasted.  So unless your family plans on eating an entire bag in one sitting, bring a re-sealable bag for them.
  5. Use them to put a few diaper wipes in instead of lugging around the entire container everywhere.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

2. Diaper Wipes

Speaking of diaper wipes, even if you don’t have children you should have a pack of these with you.  Camping is dirty, even the fun parts like s’mores, and these are a lifesaver.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

3. Water Bottles

A lot of people buy bottled water to take on their trip and that’s great.  But you also want to have a regular water bottle that you can clip to your pack or belt loop with a carabiner clip.  Some trails can get difficult and you definitely want both hands free.

 

 

4. Baby Carrier

If you are hiking with small children, this is another must have.  While Moby Wraps are great (we love ours), not so much for hiking.  Invest in (or borrow) a supportive and comfortable backpack carrier.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

5. Vinyl Table Cloth

These make great, inexpensive “picnic blankets”.  Be sure to get one that has the soft lining on one side and vinyl on the other.  When you use it, put the vinyl side towards the ground and you instantly have a soft, dry place to sit and eat.  These are also great for babies to play on without getting insect bites from sitting in the grass.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

6. Card Games

If you do get stuck inside (whether you’re in a tent or a cabin) you’ll be so glad you brought these.  Card games don’t take up much room and can be a great boredom buster if you have kids in tow.  Here are some recommendations if you don’t know what to bring:

 

7. Medicine

Chances are you have a first aid kit that has the normal components like bandages and aspirin, but you also want to add allergy medicine, cold/flu medicine, and cough drops.  The day we arrived at our cabin, I was so sick that we ended up have to leave and drive 30 minutes away to get me some cough drops.  Don’t let this happen to you, friends.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

8. Tissues

On that same note, have a box of tissues.  We were lucky that we keep a box in our car otherwise we would have had to pick these up too.  Did I mention how sick I was?  Definitely, definitely have these.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

9. Multitool

A lot of people take pocket knives camping and while it beats a blank, a multitool isn’t much bigger and can prove very useful.  Ours even has needle nose pliers which, believe it or not, were used on multiple occasions.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

10. Umbrella

Not for if it rains, although that is clearly not a bad idea either, but umbrellas are great for making impromptu shade.  Babies and toddlers are the kings and queens of removing hats (among other things) and an umbrella can be a great alternative while still being compact enough to carry with you.

Going on vacation with kids this summer? Give yourself peace of mind with these kids' emergency lanyards.

 

Take it from a non-camper, these are the top 10 camping items that you don't know you need (but you do). A must read before any camping trip!

Outside of our misfortunes, we did have a fantastic trip.  I’m sure they will talk me into doing it again, sans being sick of course. Going on vacation with kids this summer?  Give yourself peace of mind with these kids’ emergency lanyards.

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mm
I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.