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    Question Ideas for an Easter basket before a big move/road trip?

    This summer, we'll be moving halfway across the US - by car (with three kitties and a six year old). I was hoping to put a few things in my son's Easter basket that could be used in the car or before our stuff arrives. Maybe not everything, but at least a few things. We'll be moving from the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest and it'll be... different.

    I was thinking maybe some sunglasses and a water bottle. Maybe even change up the "basket" with a bucket and pail or something? (I'm not sure that'll be useful where we're going.) Maybe a new shirt and/or a pair of shorts? We usually do some sort of shirt at each holiday and he loves it.

    We usually include a toy car or two (he loves Hot Wheels and NASCAR cars) and we'll probably still do that. Possibly a book. He loves maps so maybe get him a folding map of the US (he's got one for his wall, but he'll want one for the road).

    Any other ideas? Or does this sound like a way to suck the fun right out of the whole thing? I want them to be things he'll enjoy right away, too.

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    Books, puzzle book, coloring book... cheap camera to take pictures before/during the trip...
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    What about a small road atlas instead of a map? It might be easier for him to handle in a crowded car. Mark your route through each state with a highlighter and number each state map in the order you will pass through it so he can easily follow along.

    A water bottle is a great idea. It's easy to get dehydrated on long trips. Water has become our beverage of choice on long trips, and my husband is a pop addict so that's saying something. Carbonated beverages don't quench thirst, and they can stimulate the need to stop for more frequent bathroom breaks.

    Does he play handheld video games? Would things like books and video games make motion sickness a problem? If not, it might be worth investing in a Nintendo DS or something. Check pawn shops for better pricing.

    If the climate will be different where you're moving to, you could include clothing suitable for the new place. Souvenir shirts from the place you're leaving might be good, too.

    Does he like stuffed toys? A big squooshy one could double as a pillow for car napping.

    If you can, add some kind of hanging pocket storage to the back of the front seat so your son can keep his things organized and within reach. If he can't reach the seat back, then a smock or apron with multiple pockets might be a good idea instead. Maybe a carpenter apron would work. Hardware stores would have those. Sometimes lumberyards give them away. He could play with it later, especially if he's into toy tools. Instead of an Easter basket, what about a soft-sided Easter tool bag that would fit into the car more easily and has pockets to help him keep his things organized on the trip and after? If you gave him a small tool bag with pockets, I bet he'd do a great job of selecting his own treasures to bring along. A tote bag or duffel from a thrift store would work, too. You can put all the grass and treats and usual Easter stuff inside and then he can put in what he wants later.

    If he likes animals, he might like nature guides geared to his age, showing animals and birds that live where you're going. He could keep a lookout on the trip and see how many new animals he sees. A small pair of binoculars might be fun for him to go along with that.

    A billed cap is nice to have when the sun is shining in your face in the car.

    What about some dollar bills in plastic eggs, that he can spend on the trip? Let him decide what to get all by himself, no restrictions, so the money is his alone.

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    These are all great ideas. Thank you.

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