We have an exciting little trip planned in two weeks and we will be on the road for a bit to get there! We often travel to the Cape in the summers as well so I like to think that I have mastered the family road trip (although, now that I said that, I am sure I jinxed myself)! Today’s post is the ultimate family road trip survival guide and contains tips and tricks for you to maintain your sanity when traveling with little ones in tow! I am extremely strategic when it comes to packing up the car and making sure we have everything we need to make it to our destination with our sanity intact.
The Ultimate Family Road Trip Survival Guide
First and foremost, stock up on snacks! I always pack quite a bit of snacks for the hubby and I (and baby of course) and it always includes fresh fruit, almonds (We love Member’s Mark almonds from Sam’s Club) with dried cranberries, yogurt raisins with cashews and lots of water and Honest® Tea! For the little ones, I always pack up fresh fruit including bananas, berries, and clementines! We also have fruit bars, yogurt (we bring a smaller cooler), apple sticks and pretzels! I keep a little cooler in the back seat with all of our snacks for easy access.
TAKE AWAY POINT: Bring LOTS of snacks/drinks for the road!
Next is choosing the right “busy activities” for the girls. The first recommendation I have is to buy a CD of kids songs that they love. Now, I know that some of them can be annoying but what is worse? A screaming or whining child OR a kids song CD? 😉 I choose the former! Have the CD on hand for screaming/whining emergencies! We also have a little “busy” book for our little one that includes things like zippers, button closures and more to keep her busy along the way. I bring a few books & kids magazines for our 3.5 year old and she loves looking through these along the way.
TAKE AWAY POINT: Bring a kids song CD, “busy books” for little ones, magazines for the bigger kids, stickers, etc!
It may be worth it to rent a vehicle if you have a smaller car and plan to travel far. We rented a minivan on our recent trip to Georgia and let me tell you – it was amazing!! So amazing that we recently purchased a minivan for ourselves! These images were taken back when we had an SUV and it was great to us but the minivan has so much more room for road trips! If you have a chance to rent a minivan for your trip, I highly suggest it!
TAKE AWAY POINT: If you have a smaller vehicle, rent a mini van!
Be prepared for it all! We make sure to have a little white bucket in case anyone is feeling car sick. We also pack some plastic bags, paper towels, and extra wipes (baby wipes and sanitizing wipes)! If you have a toddler, it may be worth it to pack a portable potty in case they need to go RIGHT AWAY and you cannot make it to the nearest rest stop!
TAKE AWAY POINT: Be prepared for anything and everything!
Make sure to factor in some extra time for your road trip so that you can stop frequently and stretch your legs. Play some quick outdoor games with the kids to get their legs moving and beat the boredom of being in the car! Pack little lunches and stop at rest stops for a picnic lunch if you can!
TAKE AWAY POINT: Factor in extra time for your trip for pit stops along the way
What are some other tips & tricks you would give to a family that’s heading out on a road trip?!