To keep the kids happy in the car, a mystery bag to be given to them about each hour. They get a map with each city marked, and they have to follow the route and ask for the bag when we get to that city. Bags are filled with snacks and small toys and games.
LILLABO Play mat - IKEA They have one of these mats at PLAY Kitsap in Bremerton. It has held up very well to all the kids and I like that the roads are simple unlike the various other road map rugs on the market.