Road trips are a great way to see the country and be able to take more vacations since it’s often less expensive to drive somewhere than fly. But then what on earth do you take on road trips? Something I’ve learned about traveling long (or short!) distance in a car with kids is that it can be really fun… as long as you bring along the right things! Here are my tips on what to take on road trips with kids;
- Books, books, and more books. Reading books, activity books, and if your kids are little, you can’t go wrong with those sticker activity books kids love so much.
- Healthy snacks. It wouldn’t be a proper road trip without a junk food run at the gas station on the way out of town. But after the initial sugar rush wears off, it’s a great idea to keep healthy snacks on hand. We like to bring along trail mix, apple slices, baby carrots, and hummus dip. These mango parfaits can be made in mason jars and packed the cooler for a no need to stop lunch.
- An atlas. Kids love to learn about geography and follow along on the maps as you travel from one state to the next. We have this atlas, its great because it spiral bound and the pages are very sturdy.
- Sunscreen, first aid kit, and wipes. These all seem like obvious things to take on a road trip, but sometimes the easy things are the ones we forget. Save yourself a stop at the drugstore and pack these ahead of time.
- Good tunes. Anytime you’re driving to another city or state, you can’t rely on radio stations to choose the best music. Load up your iPod with your favorite tracks or burn a few CD’s before you hit the road.
- A few surprises. We all get a little stir crazy after riding in the car for hours on end, but you can’t always be certain that there will be a good place to stop and have fun. I like to head to the dollar store before a big trip and stock up on fun things like punch balloons, sidewalk chalk, paper airplanes and such so we can make our own fun anywhere, anytime. Who says rest stops are just for rest, grab a nerf ball and get those wiggles out!