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Ziggy Marley Family Time album cover
Pack up that car, whoah-oh-oh, it’s Family Time…

The summer road trip season is almost upon us. While we’re no strangers to road trips in this family (my youngest had covered every mile of Interstate 5 between San Diego and Vancouver B.C. before his second birthday — and not in a single trip), I confess I still get a little knot in my stomach contemplating how exactly we’ll pass all those hours in the car. This summer, we’ll be doing two longer trips, including one to Denver that really leaves me scratching my head up until we reach Salt Lake City…

Nevertheless, on car trips short and long, we’ve found this Family Time album from Ziggy Marley to be an indespensible tool for taming boredom and even sweetening soured dispositions in our ranks. I threw the sing-song preschool albums out the window long ago (okay, not literally), so I assure you, this is music you will likely enjoy as much as your kiddos.

What makes this album especially great for road trips with young kids is the way that the tunes such as “Take me to Jamaica,” “This Train (is Bound for Glory – duet with Willie Nelson),” and “Walk Tall (duet with Paul Simon),” make you feel like you’re moving even when sitting still. But taking it to the literal level: “Ziggy Says…” gets a wiggle in my middle kid every time as Ziggy says lift up your feet, roar like a lion (which we all do), and so on. And with that, we often make it a little farther before our next pit stop. 😉

Even Ziggy’s tip-of-hat to the alphabet with his jamming ABC song gives fun and unexpected departures from toddler tunes such as, “G is for my guitar, and H is for… here we go!” as he returns to the slinking chorus: “Bend down low… Let me tell you what I know…” But the one tune that really gets us singing together (sometimes in fragile harmony) is the repetitious but beautiful “If I had the wings of an eagle… I would fly, fly away…” which always hits home with the kids as we sing on the final long stretch before reaching our next destination.

And will you sing along? And will you laugh at the lyrics? And will you drum your thighs and the dashboard? And smile and bop your head at the folks passing you in the right lane? Well, your personal mileage may vary, but it hasn’t made it out of the car since our last road trip and it will certainly be there for our next. Want to listen in to some samples? Follow this link.

If you’d like to pack-along Ziggy Marley’s Family Time for your upcoming trip, you can click here to get the CD from Amazon (you can also get the MP3 version free in Cloud Player w/CD purchase) click here to download it from the iTunes store.

Want more tips and ideas for your family road trip?

200-travels-with-baby-booksVisit the Car Seat and Road Trip Tips page and be sure to pack along your Take-Along Travels with Baby guide for Entertainment to Go and Pit Stop ideas as you travel. First road trip with your baby or toddler? Be sure to read Part 4: Travels by Automobile in Travels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide… Want to see other Pack This! features that may save the day on your trip? Click here to browse all Pack This! recommendations so far.

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Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby and Take-Along Travels with Baby

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