On the Road: Our Activity Bag

Our Activity BagWe are off on a family adventure…

For me, the most exciting part of packing is figuring out what types of engaging activities to bring for the all of the “Are we there yet?” and “in-transition” moments. I thought it would be fun to share what we put together.

I have been having a great time documenting bits and pieces of our trip on Instagram, so come on over if you would like to take a peak and say hello…

  1. Blank Sketch Book
  2. Table Topics Conversation Cards
  3. Story Cubes
  4. Camera
  5. 4 Bons Jeux
  6. Make A World by Ed Emberley
  7. Animal Origami
  8. Smencils
  9. Scribble It! Postcards
  10. EcoPencils
  11. Kaleidograph Flora
  12. Barcelona Bag
  13. House of Cards
  14. Hypotrochoid Art Set
  15. Think-Ets
  16. Face Drawing Kit
  17. 3D Doodle Kit


More Great Ideas for Traveling with Children…


Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning Web site Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative, community environment.


  1. Laura said on May 14, 2012 #

    What a fun assortment of creative activities. Have a great time on your adventure!

    • mariah said on May 14, 2012 #

      Thank you! It has been a really special trip so far :-)

  2. Sarah M said on May 14, 2012 #

    This is such a fun list–I can’t wait to click all through it and find some keepers myself. Such a lovely presentation, too, and many items I’ve never seen before. I actually have a list of items that I will prepare for our kiddos when we take our (moving) 30 hour car ride across the states…

    I love (and sell :)the Usborne travel wipe clean cards & game cards! We even do them when we’re at home, too ;) They have ones geared for small children, travel doodles, and games, along with more educational ones like ‘brain games’. Put 5-10 on a little single binder ring and there are 5 packs to hand to the backseat when needed!

    Best travels!
    Sarah M

    • Sarah M said on May 14, 2012 #

      oh my goodness, love the Marc Vidal site–so many fun things to explore. The ThinkEt kits…I had never seen anything like this until the recent home schooling convention in my state …the premise is the same–so much to do with little random items! 

  3. Halina said on May 14, 2012 #

    Oh I want to have a bag with all of those things for myself!!! It feels like yesterday that my own parents put travel activity kits together for us when we went on long car trips from Germany to Greece or South France. I loved them nearly as much as the holiday itself. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing and have a great trip!

  4. Darcy said on May 23, 2012 #

    Thanks so much! We already have story cubes, kaleidograph cards, ed emberly and table topics so i think we’re on the same page. i can’t wait to check out the rest of your suggestions. http://bedtimemonsters.blogspot.com/

  5. Jennifer Lee said on May 31, 2012 #

    Love this activity bag (especially the hypotrochoid art set – sweet!). Have you tried Spot It? It’s another fun game that’s small and easy to travel with. Thanks for the tips.

  6. Kayte said on June 1, 2012 #

    Oh, I had to order the origami set for our trip in two weeks! It looks like fun! 

  7. shannon said on August 17, 2012 #

    Do all those items fit inside the green bag? Great list!

    • mariah said on August 17, 2012 #

      Hi Shannon – No, not all of the items in this post fit in the green bag, although more than you would think do!

  8. Holiday Travel with Kids said on October 16, 2013 #

    Nice ideas, check out also this collection of activities for traveling with kids.

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