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When my spouse and I moved from Ontario to BC, we received a great little gift basket from some of my spouse’s relatives. It was entirely unexpected and very much enjoyed. Unfortunately, I only remember a few of the things it contained now.
It did come in a collapsible picnic basket quite similar to that one, though it had a zippered top flap to close it up. It now houses our fishing gear. (A past time that we are really, really, really bad at.)
So – a nice folding picnic basket or reusable grocery bag would be a great starting spot!
A Million Road Trip Care Package Ideas
Our basket contained some popcorn. I would also recommend jerky, nice chips, flavoured tuna with crackers, chocolate covered berries, trail mix, pretzels, clif bars (also in our basket!), fruit like apples and bananas, dried mangoes, or a veggie tray. You have to rule out the fresh fruit and veggies if you will be crossing national borders though!
Just a little bit, for fun! Skittles, or something that’s a throwback to childhood are good choices. They won’t melt in the car!
A game of Spot it! – Even for adults, these can be tonnes of fun.
|Audiobooks||Refreshing Beverages Think nice spritzers, Gatorade, San Pellegrino and the like. Being on the road can be dehydrating, plus most people will be consuming more calories than their bodies need, so pop wouldn’t be the best choice. Unless it’s a boys weekend away or bachelorette, then all bets are off ;-) Maybe a Red Bull… but that’s encouraging dangerous behaviour!|
|iTunes Gift Cardfor audiobooks||Printed Web Comics Print some yourself, or purchase a book of comics.||NapkinsFor those messy times.|
|Small Garbage Bag||Hand Sanitizer||Pet TreatsIf your friends will be toting along their best friends. Otherwise, it would be kind of weird.|
|Postcard(s)With stamps and a pen||A Mix CDVehicles are one of the last places that people are likely to have a CD player!||A personal note or poemEasiest, cheapest and MOST IMPORTANT!|
|Gas station gift cards||Tylenol/Advil/Gravol||Crossword Bookand a pen – This can be completed with everyone in the vehicle participating, sudokus and word searches less-so.|
|Mints||A CAA or AAA/Roadside membershipIf you’re feeling generous!||A trucker hat or two;-) Just for grins!|
|Hacky Sack for stops I stole this from Offbeat Home and Life.||Travel Toilet PaperOr toilet paper in a ziplock bag. You know those rest stops that don’t have TP… yeaaahhhh.||MagazinesFor those jerks that can read in vehicles. I am 100% not in this category.|
|Car Air FreshenerYou can get really funny ones, like bacon-scented air fresheners (eeewww!).||Hand WarmersIf it is cold and there are several people, you may disagree on temperature. Just me?||Discussion Cards Road trips are for long, deep conversation. Kick start the scintillating conversation with some discussion cards.|
|Car Garbage Container||Trivia CardsInstead of conversation, you could go for bragging rights instead. Some trivia cards are both a deck of playing cards and trivia cards, serving two purposes! Card games can be played at night in motels||Starbucks FrappuccinosDrinks – for a little bit of a caffeine kick and a luxurious treat we don’t normally get!|
|Home BakingOr store bought.||A Small Multi ToolNail clippers – you never seem to have them, just when you want them.||First Aid Kit|
|Mad LibsYou MUST have had these as kids on road trips!||Cough Drops||Map BooksOr maps – sometimes you can even pick these up for free|
|Guide Booksfor their destination(s)||Armor All Wipes||Baby Wipes|
|Hula Guy||Hula Gal|
You may note that I am recommending healthy food choices in this. There’s two possible outcomes. #1 being me sucking up to Jess from Budget for Health. #2 being how freakin’ frustrated I get if I ever have to buy food on the road. I can’t eat most things that are available and will end up paying through the nose to eat something I wouldn’t normally touch with a ten foot pole!
Okay – that should be enough things to help you on your way to making some AMAZING road trip gift baskets!! Let me know if you do!
Mom on Time Out also gave me some good fodder for this post, thanks!
[Photo – CC Attribution – Emlyn Stokes]
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