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Traveling with Kids – Road Trip Essentials

Summer break starts today for us and we are already getting ready for our first road trip. Each summer we travel by car to some of our favorite places. Since the boys were babies we’ve done road trips.  Some people may think we are crazy, but the kids have always been good and well behaved (for the most part) We’ve done it for years so we have a few things that have worked well for us, and I hope for you too. Whether you are traveling just for a few hours or days, there are things you will want to have in your vehicle when traveling with those kiddos.

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Traveling with Kids – Road Trip Essentials 

Bathroom Supplies – You never know when one of your kids (or yourself) will need to go to the bathroom. You could be on the road with no bathroom in site for miles. Make sure you have a few rolls of toilet paper, paper towel, wipes on hand in case you need to stop on the side of the road.  You can even go as far as having a little portable toilet stashed in the back of the car for emergencies.

Travel Games – Having some compact travel games on hand that the kids can do themselves is key to a more peaceful ride. They are also easy to store in the pocket behind the seat so the kids can grab a game when they want to.

Healthy Foods – Having foods on hand is a great way to save money and time while traveling. Pack a cooler with your favorite healthy snacks and drinks. You can even pack a lunchbox for each child with their food options, this will limit auguring among the siblings.

Electronics – Nothing entertains children more than movies or a tablet where they can play games or read books. If you don’t have a built in DVD unit in your vehicle you can get a Dual DVD player for under $200 which work very well. You can also limit the time they are on these devices so they can time to do other things.

Books – Purchase some books that the kids can read during the road trip. If you are heading to a new state or town that you have never been before try to find books that are age appropriate so they can learn more about their vacation spot.

Safety Kits – You never know what mishaps will happen during a road tip, plus you want to stay safe when you get to our destination. This Travel-Tot Kit gives you all the necessary equipment for you to childproof hotel rooms or even grandma’s house. The kit includes; finger pinch guard, electrical outlet plug covers, foam corner guards, door knob cover, cord wind-up, sliding door lock, cabinet lock, multi-purpose straps, water thermometer, bandages, forehead thermometer, and “shhh, Travel-Tot sleeping” door hanger.

I hope these tips help make your road trips less stressful this summer. What are some of your favorite road trip tips when traveling with kids?

2 Responses to Traveling with Kids – Road Trip Essentials

  1. Julia June 17, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    These are great tips, we have yet to attempt a road trip with my son but I will keep these in mind.

  2. Holly June 18, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    Awesome ideas! We LOVE to road trip with our trio! Another idea is give your kiddos a camera. It’s fun to see what they capture (and there are things that happen in the backseat that we were totally unaware of!). 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the #summerfamilyfun link-up.

    Holly @ While I’m Waiting

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