Time to pack up the kids, gas up the family vehicle, check the tires, and hit the road!
Sounds like fun! Right?
But about an hour (or in our case 15 minutes) the questions start.
- Are we there yet?
- When are we going to get there?
- Can we stop for a snack?
- I have to potty.
- He is looking at me.
- She is breathing my air.
- I am bored!
We are getting ready for our family vacation and this year it means a trip to the beach. Just a short 4 hour road trip but with 3 kids in the van it might as well be 4 days! I asked my blogger buddies for their best road trip travel posts for kids and families and I was INUNDATED with such good information! Blown away. We are going to have a better, less stressing, more engaging, fun road trip this year thanks to my social community.
It would be silly for me to keep all this good information to myself. So I am am sharing these posts with YOU!
You have found it.
The Ultimate Guide To Taking A Road Trip With Kids.
How to Prepare for a Road Trip from Making of A Mom
- Know where you are going. It might seem obvious, but get a map or visit Google Maps and plan your route. You might find that there is a better way to go, a more scenic way to go, or a way that has some stops you want to make. This summer when we head to Pennsylvania we are going to take an alternate route, add an hour to our trip and visit Springfield, IL to visit some historical locations.
- Make a schedule and collect travel information. I work best when I have my travel plans laid out easy to read. I make a daily schedule of what we are doing and where we need to be. I have times, addresses, phone numbers and admission costs all on one paper so I know exactly what we are headed for. For the rest of her AWESOME tips visit How to Prepare for a Road Trip
If you have kids, you are sure to be spending hours upon hours in the car with them over the years. Keeping kids occupied in the car, especially on long road trips can be a challenge. We have a DVD player in the van but we only use it if we are going to be on a road trip over an hour. It is not used when we are running errands around town. It is just one of my quirky rules. There is just not a reason for the kids to be plugged in while we are going to the grocery store, Lowes and the feed store.
So we play games in the van. 5 Games To Play In The Car With The Kids On Road Trips That Cost Nothing
Car Ride Essentials For A Family Road Trip by This Flourishing Life
A Small Cooler – I use this for things like sandwich meat and other items that should be refrigerated.
Gas – I always make sure the tank is full before we leave on any trip. We prefer to stop as little as possible, and having a full tank helps with that.
Music – It can be fun to have a family sing along or just listen to something when things get dull. – See more at: Car Ride Essentials For A Family Road Trip
8 On The Go Snacks When Traveling With Little Ones from The Vintage Mom
Some healthy, nutritious snacks are always good to have on hand (especially when you could be on the verge of a meltdown at any given time). I pinned and pinned for a long time in preparation for this summer and really just about every trip that we take and there have been a bunch of snacks that have really stuck out in my mind as ones that would be great to take on the road or in the air. Below are some of my finds. for the complete list visit: 8 On The Go Snacks When Traveling With Little Ones
License Plate Bingo Game. A FREE Printable! from Making of a Mom
How to cope with kids on a long car journey from Our Family World.com
Tips and Tricks
- If you are travelling with a young baby, you should invest in a small bottle and food warmer which can be plugged into the car cigarette lighter.
- Travel at night or first thing in the morning so children might sleep, the roads will be emptier too.
- Stop frequently so the kids can stretch and run around, burn of some of that energy.
For more on this article visit How to cope with kids on a long car journey
from Fun Finds For Families.com
1. Popcorn. Whether you prefer screen-free road trips or movie marathons in the backseat, popcorn is a great (and portable) snack.
2. Cheese sticks. Not just string cheese anymore! The variety that is available has definitely grown since I was a kid. Choose your kids’ favorite type of cheese, whether it’s sharp cheddar or classic mozzarella.
3. Portable yogurts. Either your favorite variety in a tube from the store, or you could make your own yogurt parfait treats to keep in the cooler. For the rest of this great list visit 10 Ideas for Road Trip Snacks
5 Travel Tips With Kids To Help You Keep Your Sanity from Farmer’s Wife Rambles
Keeping to children entertained on a road trip this long was an experience that Cory and I both were dreading. We knew we needed to keep activities on hand that they would love while still allowing us to put in 8 hour driving days in the car. These 5 travel tips are life savers for us and kept our time in the car as pleasant as possible for our family vacation filled with positive memories. Read all about them here: 5 Travel Tips With Kids To Help You Keep Your Sanity
DIY Travel Activity: Velcro Craft Sticks from Desert Chica
When I started packing for our Chicago trip, I pulled out the boys matching Star Wars backpacks to use as their carry ons. I wanted them to have a few essentials for comfort and entertainment. My first attempt resulted in backpacks weighing 8 lbs, unfortunately the bulk of it was from our Travel Activity Trays. If we had roll on bags for the boys, I wouldn’t have worried about it. We don’t though so I needed a lightweight replacement. I made velcro craft sticks that the boys can use to create shapes and designs. Rad all about it : DIY Travel Activity: Velcro Craft Sticks
Travel Snacks: Top 10 favorites for your holiday road trip from Turning The Clock Back
Salty snacks: If you child (or you!) crave salty and crunchy snacks, try flavored rice cakes or Popchips. These tend to have less fat and are more ‘natural’ than a regular bag for chips but still satisfy that salt craving.
Beef Jerky: Yes, this is one of my family’s favorite travel snacks and the only time we actually buy it! You can find organic and/or natural varieties if you look hard and they are pretty tasty. For the rest of her wonderful list visit Travel Snacks: Top 10 favorites for your holiday road trip
Travel Tips for a Long Distance Car Trip from Turning Clock Back
Get maintenance done on your car before you go. Most automotive places will offer a ‘vacation’ package or 16 point service or something similar.
Know when to stay with friends and when to hit a hotel! Staying with friends and family along the way can be fun…or it can be a living hell. It totally depends on the people involved, their current family situation, and how long you expect to be there. For the rest of the list visit: Travel Tips for a Long Distance Car Trip
8 FUN ROAD TRIP GAMES PERFECT FOR FAMILY VACATIONS from Teach Me 2 Save.com
- Trivia Time
- 20 Questions
- The Picnic Game
- Mad Libs
For the entire list with how to play these games visit: 8 FUN ROAD TRIP GAMES PERFECT FOR FAMILY VACATIONS
Allergen-Friendly Road Trip Snack Ideas from This Flourish Life
The amount I bring for the car always depends on how long the drive is, but the foods I bring are usually the same because they are easy to travel with, and they taste good. Here are some ideas for allergen-friendly road trip snack ideas. All of them are, or can be made, gluten, dairy, soy, corn, tomato, potato, egg, coconut, peanut free. For her list visit Allergen-Friendly Road Trip Snack Ideas
Kid Travel Kits at A Life In Balance
Before we head on the road for any length of time (or an airplane ride), I make sure to secretly pack 3 separate bags – one for each kid.
The golden rule: No one sees their bag before we hit the road. Kid Travel Kits
Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Kids from Nepa Mom
My husband and I love to take our kids on day trips and family vacations but nothing can make a fun experience go sour faster than unhappy kids in the car! I don’t know about you but when you are in a car it seems that every disagreement and every question can seem like torture after a while, but after many years of traveling and having five kids I have learned a few tricks along the way to make Family Travel easier. For all her tips visit: Top 5 Tips for Traveling with Kids
6 Tips to Traveling with a Potty Training Child From Southern Girl Ramblings
Family travel can be difficult when one of the kids in the family is potty training. This adds another element to the journey, and it is one that should be taken into account when planning your trip. There are some ways to make traveling with a potty training child easier, and I’ve listed six of them here: 6 Tips to Traveling with a Potty Training Child