Traveling with kids is an adventure on its own! When it comes to family road trips, everyone’s needs are different. If you have a newborn you might be wondering what to pack, if you have toddlers, you might be wondering how to keep them entertained! Let’s first help you plan the trip and make it successful without the stress. We have tips on what to pack and ways to keep the kids entertained.
Road trips are great for bonding with your kiddos. The hardest challenge might be keeping them entertained and excited about staying in the car for a while. They might be anxious, asking the famous question, “Are we there yet?”. No matter how long the road trip is there are plenty of ways to keep them entertained and happy!
If you are planning to be on the road for a long time, it might be helpful to have the kids pack their bags with their favorite toys, snacks, and drinks. Planning out the drive can be helpful in creating a list of roadside attractions that will keep them excited about the trip and allow them some time to get out of the car and stretch.
Now is the perfect time to spoil the kids. Staying still in a car for a long period of time can be very difficult. Having them pick a special snack from a gas station or buying them a new toy beforehand can ease the car ride.
- Snacks! Have the kids pack their own lunch box with their favorite goodies! Bento boxes are great for organizing snacks.
- Pack their favorite blanket to keep them comfortable
- Extra pair of clothes
- Other everyday essentials from their daily routine!
Play easy car games like iSpy and road trip bingo
Surprise box filled with toys and coloring pages
Create a playlist of all their favorite songs! Disney Classics are a must!
Any electronics that can allow them to watch movies or their favorite show can keep them entertained for a while
If your kids are old enough, give them a camera! They can take pictures of landmarks, random moments in the car, or a selfie! They might capture the small moments of your trip.
Story time podcasts are great for relaxing and creating some quiet time!
Packing for baby can be stressful, especially if this is your first time planning a roadtrip with them. The best thing to do is try to recreate the nursery for the road. Pack all of baby’s essentials, like their favorite blanket, binky, portable sound machine, toys, etc. Be sure to pack what is tried and true!
Pro tip: Keep your diaper bag in the front seat with mom or dad. This will make it easy to access anything baby might need.
- Changing mat or Changing Clutch
-Diapers and wipes
- Hand wipes
- Baby food/ snacks
- Extra clothes for blow outs
- Baby’s favorite toy
- Pacifiers (be sure to clip them to your bag!
- Disposable trash bag for dirty diapers
- Bottles: Travel bottle liners are great for on the road. No need to worry about cleaning up the bottle after each use!
Have a bag to carry all your essentials! A zip pouch can be thrown in your diaper bag and will save you space! Pack your wallet, keys, lotions, chapstick, and whatever else you'll need on the road.
With a little bit of planning, you can ensure that your kids will have the best time on their next road trip. In fact, those moments spent together laughing and playing along the way might just turn out to be some of your favorites.