Since we met in college, my husband and I have loved going on road trips. Twenty years some years later it’s now road trips with kids. THREE KIDS. Okay, so we haven’t gone on a road trip since Edison was born in March since we still don’t have a family minivan like the Kia Sorrento, but we’re working on it. We better get a move on, we have a staycation planned for the end of the summer. I must say, I’m sad to give up my beloved station wagon I’ve driven for the past 13 years, but I’m excited about this new life stage too!
Going on road trips with kids is a lot different than our collage days, and we find we actually have to plan, just a tiny bit!
Surviving Road Trips With Kids
Pee First: This goes without saying right? But it also means you AND your kids. Nothing worse than getting 20 minutes down the road and needing to pee and having to wrassle ALL of your kids into a fast food restaurant. Then a pit stop turns into a 45 minute lunch. PEE AT HOME.
Snacks: Car friendly snacks like goldfish, fruit snacks and string cheese are a must. Same with lidded cups or juice boxes. Having snacks keeps the requests for fast food from the backseat to a minimum.
Games: We’re not at this phase yet, but playing games like I Spy, or looking for out of state license plates can be a great way to keep kids occupied.
Tech: Whether it’s the dvd player in your minivan or an iPad loaded with movies and games, tech is what has made car rides bearable for me. I know lots of people poo-poo it because of screen time, but for MY family? It keeps the screeches to a minimum and everyone usually arrives to our destination happy.
Clothes: When you’re traveling with littles, a change of clothes is well, just smart. Whether it’s a dropped chocolate ice cream cone, a leaky diaper or a splash pad, having clean dry clothes for your kids to change into is pretty important. An extra shirt for you isn’t a bad idea either. And obviously, don’t forget the diapers if you need them1
Baby Wipes: I don’t care if you don’t have babies, baby wipes are a must have for road trips with kids! They are so fantastic for a quick clean up! You’ll be glad you have them!
Keeping a bag ready to go with all your necessities make road trips with kids a lot easier. Keep it by the door and restock it each time. Don’t forget to change the batteries or charge your tech and you’re good to go! Maybe with the extra fun you won’t have several hours of “are we there yet?” One can hope!
What are your tips on taking road trips with kids?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.