Tips For A Stress-Free Road Trip With The Kids

stress-free road trip tipsWhether you’re going over the river and through the woods or a few hundred miles down the interstate, there’s no denying that ‘tis the season to travel—and for many, that means a road trip.

The thing about road trips is they can be tricky. They initially sound like fun—the open road, your favorite tunes, some yummy snacks—and no trips through airport security! Yet those exhilarating open roads can become tedious—and if you have kiddos in tow, they may or may not deal well with their car confinement.

Don’t worry—that’s where we come in! We’ve compiled a few of our favorite road trip tips so you can keep the kids happy on your journey. Ready? Buckle up and let’s go!

Keep The Kids Entertained

Keeping your kids occupied and entertained is the key to road trip nirvana. Bring a stash of their favorite games and activities. Many board games are available in travel versions, perfect for on-the-go. Or you can make your own, too. One of our favorites? Road trip bingo! Create a bingo board using items commonly spotted along the roadside. Vary the items on each bingo board so that each player has one, then, while you’re on the road, cross off items as you see them. The first one to yell Bingo wins fame, glory and a yummy snack.

Another must-have item? Wireless headphones, especially if your kids have portable music, gaming or movie devices. Depending on the gadget they’re using, you could also load up a few of their favorite books as audio or e-books.

Bring the Basics

While you’re packing your suitcase, don’t forget to pack a bag with road trip essentials, too. Our must-haves include:

  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Paper towels
  • Wet wipes
  • Plastic grocery bags to use as trash bags
  • Cell phone chargers
  • A cooler
  • Flashlight
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Change (if your route includes toll booths)
  • First-Aid kit
  • Roadside emergency kit
  • Training potty (if applicable)
  • Toilet paper

Consider packing everything into one bag so you can easily access your road trip essentials. If you frequently travel, you might want to invest in some nifty tools like trunk organizers, behind-the-seat organizers or table-footrest combos that attach to booster seats.

One other tip? Scout your route before you go. Are there any fun tourist attractions or historic sites you’ll pass by that could make for an entertaining (and educational) stop? Don’t have time to research? Download the Road Ninja app for iOS or Android so you can easily see what restaurants, lodging and attractions are coming up at various exits.

With a little planning (and some must-have supplies), you’ll not only make your next road trip a breeze, but a lot of fun, too.

Now that we’ve shared some of our favorite tips, we want to hear from you! Are you hitting the road this holiday season? And if so, what are some of your road trip must-haves?

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