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Traveling with Kids: What to Pack to Keep Kid’s Busy On A Road Trip

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Traveling with Kids: What to Pack to Keep Kid's Busy On A Road Trip

Traveling with kids can be part stress filled  and part adventure filled, to keep it more adventure and fun there are a few things you can do.  I have comprised a list of my favorite things to take along. I picked up a handled tote that I think is for cleaning supplies to hold all their gear.

It rests perfectly in the backseat in the middle and holds quite a bit, I think it might have cost $6.00 or $7.00. What do you pack for the kids when you travel? Share your ideas with us.

Traveling with Kids: What to Pack to Keep Kid's Busy On A Road Trip

Snacks– Single serve non perishable snacks like; granola bars, squeezable yogurt, fruit snacks, cookies, crackers, include  juice boxes or sippy cups (just keep an eye out for rest stops, fast food, and gas stations for those little bladders.) Packing healthy, easy serve snacks can cut out the need for frequent food snacks, and keep you out of fast food restaurants.

Books– Board books that wipe clean are a great choice and can also be brought into restaurants to keep the kids entertained while waiting for your food.  Interactive, dry erase books are also a great choice for the same reasons. This is a fabulous dry erase book for older kids, ideal for travel.

If you have multiple children find books with games like  tic tac toe inside so they can amuse one another.  We also love these Brain Quest card’s for a fun game.

Coloring Book and Crayons– Pack an old favorite or a new one for a surprise,a blank pad of paper,  a fresh pack of  crayons and maybe some markers. Coloring can be soothing and distracting for agitated children.

Magnetic Toys– My favorite is simply a cheap metal cookie sheet and alphabet letters from Dollar Tree, you can call out words you see like; car, tree, stop,etc.. and have them spell,  or let them free play.

We also have a magnetic paper dolls.   There is less twisting and stretching to pick up dropped pieces with magnetic toys too.

ElectronicsLeap Frog makes a lot of different devices, as well as- Ipod, Nintendo DS, whatever  they have on hand to keep them busy, pack extra batteries, and headphones too.

DVD Player/DVD’s– The big debate about letting TV babysit your kids?  Set it aside. Trust me, especially on a long road trip you will welcome this mind numbing distraction. Pack enough DVD’s to keep them busy for the trip there and back, make sure to pack headphones for each child if you don’t want to listen to The Little Mermaid for the 987th time.

As you can see I can fit the majority of what I listed inside this carrier and it takes up less room than a person- and its cheaper than a travel nanny!

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12 Comments

  1. DD says

    Snacks is huge. If I have food for my kids, they will behave.

  2. BusyBee says

    I like the magnet idea. And love the to go carry all you put it in

  3. Heather says

    Awesome! I need to find a caddy like that, invest in some travel snack trays and things like that! Thank you!

  4. DD says

    I always pack a back pack for each of my kids with things they like.

  5. MK says

    I have enough trouble traveling and packing just by myself, I can’t imagine dealing with kids, kudos to everyone who can manage that!

  6. Erin says

    Great list, snacks are always a must for kids and the adults.

  7. Pamela says

    These are great tips to keep kids happy on the road!

  8. Shiny says

    I wouldn’t go anywhere without my tablet loaded with apps and movies.

  9. Allie says

    These are fantastic suggestions! Keeping your child entertained is vital, otherwise it could make the trip longer 😉

  10. Allie says

    These are great suggestions! It’s important to keep children entertained, otherwise the trip can turn out miserable.

  11. Janelle says

    I love Leap Frog toys, they are always so educational, it’s a win/win.

  12. Shiny says

    Thank God for those little boxes of raisins which my 4 year old still thinks is a treat.

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