We LOVE traveling, and with summertime brings alllll the vacations! We also like to take road trips vs flying because it’s cheaper and there is some beautiful scenery to be found when driving long distances. Not to mention the fact that you don’t have to turn around and then rent a car when you get where you’re going like you would if you flew.
As we are getting ready to go on a road trip with my family, and the planning that goes into a long road trip, I thought it might be helpful if I shared some of my go to tips for traveling in a car for long periods when you have children.
- My number one tip… SNACKS! Allllll the snacks! Kids are just like us, and tend to want to eat when they are bored. So, I like to make sure I pack LOTS of snacks for them to munch on in the car. I try to pick the least messy snacks I can find, but to be on the safe side, I typically pack a package of wipes to clean their hands and faces. Some of my go to snacks to pack are fruit/veggie pouches (I recently got a big box at Costco, but I like GoGo squeeze also), some kind of snack crackers (like Goldfish or cheddar bunnies, etc), my kids love Z Bars so I usually pack a couple of those for them, and fruit snacks (we like the ones made with real fruits and veggies). This is a good time to maybe pack a treat you don’t normally allow, especially for those littles who have a rough time sitting in the car for long periods.
2. I also usually pack several toys, games, and different activities for the kids to do to keep themselves busy. Most Dollar stores and the dollar spot at Target usually have some cheap things you can buy to give them something new to occupy their time. I always try to get one or two new things before we leave, even if it’s just a new activity book or fun pack of crayons/pencils. Magnetic games are a MUST for the car!
3. One of the most important things for us is a fresh supply of movies for the DVD player, but tablets and such are a great idea too! I like to let them download a new game or two just for the trip so they have something new to play. Headphones are great to have too, so you don’t have to listen to whatever they are watching/playing.
4. Make sure to pack blankets, pillows/travel pillows, and any special stuffed animals or loveys to make your children feel comfortable while traveling.
5. One of my favorite little hacks is to get some kind of organizer for your car. I have a two compartment one, which is perfect because I can designate one for each kid. They each have their own toys, a light blanket, books, games, activity books, crayons, pencils, snacks, etc! That way there’s no fighting (ok, maybe minimal hah) over who’s toy is who’s. If you don’t have a lot of room, packing individual little backpacks or bags works just as great!
There are still going to be ups and downs when traveling with children, but I have found that finding ways to keep them busy and distracted definitely cuts down on the whining and fighting and makes the trip a little more enjoyable. I’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite go-to travel tips?