We have to travel a lot as we have family scattered all over the country. Here is my family's favorite tips to save your sanity on these trips.
1. Travel DVD player- We have a built in dvd player in our vehicle. I hit up thrift shops or yard sales in the weeks leading up to the trip and buy a ton of kids dvds that my kids don't own. I put them aside just for the trip. I also bring the kids dvd book so they have their favorites.
2. Each kid gets a travel bag with snacks and drinks and a few entertaining things: Coloring book with colored pencils, a mini puzzle, I bring cookie sheets that they use as lap desks.
3. Mini games. We have a small version of scrabble, hungry hungry hippos and yatzee. These are great to keep them entertained.
4. I charge the electronics the night before and they do not get them until we are at least half way so I don't have to deal with the whining long if they die before we get there.
5. Playing Ispy will buy you 15 minutes of quiet.
6. Play the game of concentration. It is a clapping game where everyone goes in turn listing things in a category but you can't break the clapping rhythm. We play it like this *pat right thigh, pat left thigh, clap, snap right, snap left, repeat* "This is a game of concentration, with no repeats or hesitation. I go first, Brad goes second the subject is (animals, colors, pokemon)" This buys us about and hour.
7. We run parking lot races when we stop for bathroom breaks or to get gas. Everyone has to try to pee when we stop.