Spring break is quickly approaching which may mean you are preparing to pack up the kids and take a road trip. Maybe you are headed to a local ski resort, or maybe a grandparent’s home —either way, we know how much teens like to be on their phones.
Since we don’t have a car equipped with Wi-Fi, nor an unlimited data plan, I decided to create a road trip survival box geared toward teens who don’t often take their eyes off their phones.
The intention is to Give Extra & Get Extra interaction from our teens.
This teen busy box was inspired by these fun New Extra® 35-stick packs. Be sure to check for deals on the Target Cartwheel app. I know I never want to run out of gum on a road trip! Don’t forget to pack a cooler full of drinks for everyone.
Teen Road Trip Survival Box
All of the things we used for our teen road trip survival box can be found at Target, including the New Extra® 35-stick pack that was easy to find in the checkout line.
How to Set up Your Teen Road Trip Survival Box
I first cut the binder holes off the page protector.
I tried a few things to get the plastic paper protectors to work. I will tell you right now, neither Modge Podge nor Loctite worked.
Luckily, I had some Heavy Duty Glue that I used to adhere glass on glass to make Inexpensive Glass Candle Holders that worked great. I also decided to use some decorative tape just in case.
Leave about an inch of space near the opening of your paper protectors to give it the flexibility needed to change out the road trip games if you wish to create more like this. You can find a free tic-tac-toe Printable here.
Fill the inside of your case with all the necessities. Be sure to include a dry erase marker to play the licensed game.
Teen Busy Box for Road Trips
Now let the fun begin. Your kids will be forced to look out the window and look at the license plates. You can also have them write down state abbreviations or capitals.
I love the new New Extra® 35-stick packs, as they provide more gum than a regular pack. With 35 pieces, you will certainly not run out on a long road trip.
Plus, it comes in a durable, recycled packaging that you can use later to fill with cards, or even crayons, for this road trip busy box.
Right now this larger size Extra® Gum packaging is only available in Extra® Gum Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice®.
Avoid having your kids complain about the lack of Wi-Fi and how they can’t check their social media accounts for the whole way to your destination. Instead, equip them with the necessities to keep them busy. Perhaps the best part? Their mouths will be busy chewing instead of arguing!
What would you add to the Teen Car Trip Survival Box using Extra Gum?
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