This summer my 4 kids and I are hitting the road in our local area for lots of fun day trips. The key to a successful day trip is a full and hydrated kid. When my kids are tired and cranky, the trip does not go well, and my sanity comes into question. When I have my kids carry their snacks and water, they can snack and drink when they need to, and everyone stays happy.
While a day trip is not as involved as a weekend or weeklong trip, carrying snacks, sandwiches, and water bottles along with some easy things to do in the car is vital. Moms know preparation is key to keeping their kids happy, and there’s never too much preparation.
However, moms are not meant to carry everything. It’s not fair to the moms, and the kids need to learn to be responsible for their own stuff. Daypacks are the perfect solution, albeit a mostly expensive one. Many daypacks are designed for adults and cost $50 and up.
When I found plain white canvas bags with loops on the sides for wearing as a backpack a few months ago at Michael’s Craft Store, I knew I had found the perfect solution. The bags are big enough to hold a snack, a water bottle, a small notebook or stuffed animal. After writing their names on the white bags, I decided to have my kids personalize their daypacks with fabric markers. I loved seeing their creations.
How to Make a Daypack for Your Kids
This craft project for kids doesn’t take long. Unless you have an young artist who simply must fill in every white spot on the front and back of the bag. My kids spent about 15 minutes drawing on their bags.
- White Canvas Backpack
- Fabric Markers
- Piece of Cardboard to fit inside the backpack
Wash the canvas bags in cold water with detergent. I dried mine in the dryer. I wanted to be sure they shrunk as much as possible before the kids drew on them.
Insert the cardboard cut down to size in between the front and back of the daypack. This ensures the marker doesn’t bleed through to the other side.
Get creative! I put my children’s first names at the top of the bag. Yes, this could be a potential issue with strangers. However, common sense about children and their bags won out over my fears of stranger danger.
What’s on your family’s summer bucket list for trips?
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