16 Tips for Taking a Road Trip with Kids

16 Tips for Taking a Road Trip with Kids

Last year, our son set a goal of traveling to all 50 states in the United States. Although my husband and I thought this would be a fun idea, we honestly lacked child-like faith in this area. We told our son to pray about it and went on with our day.

Since then, we have been blessed to travel through 16 of the 50 states. With that being said, we’ve learned a lot through trial and error about taking road trips with children. This list is in no way all inclusive. I’m sure I’ll be updating it again for our next road trip. I feel that with each trip we take, we learn something new. In honor of our 16-state travel, here are 16 tips for traveling with littles. This list also includes brilliant ideas from my sister and Pro Mom Dom (Dominique Lee-Fong Landry).

16 Proven Strategies to Make Traveling with Young Kids Easier:

  1. Get on the road early morning or late night (during normal sleep hours) to give your children more time to sleep and yourself more time to drive uninterrupted.
  2. Let the kids get out of the car and play during meal/bathroom stops.
  3. For breakfast, snack, lunch/dinner, pack your own food and drinks. This helps cut traveling expenses and works well for children with allergies. 
  4. Carry a cooler and ice with you to keep refrigerated items cold.
  5. Play “I Spy” or the “ABC” game (for older children) to keep the littles occupied.
  6. Make a Dollar Store run for cheap new toys.
  7. Use this travel tray that goes across the car seat so they can snack, color, and do small puzzles.
  8. Keep things interesting with this Doodle Pro, for easy and mess free drawing.
  9. Need a potty break but there is no rest stop/gas station in sight? Try this travel pee cup.
  10. If you allow electronics time, don’t leave home without the iPad, tablet, DVDs, etc.
  11. Grab this backseat car organizer to keep the clutter to a minimum.
  12. Make sure to keep toilet seat covers on hand, because not all gas stations/rest stops will have them.
  13. Don’t forget the pillows and blankets! You may be driving through naptime and bedtime, so you’ll want to be prepared.
  14. My hubby recommends bringing ear plugs for the person not driving; for better rest.
  15. A kid friendly music playlist is a must!
  16. Make it fun! Don’t be too consumed with getting to your destination that you forget to sightsee!

What works for you?

If you have some tips to share, please leave a comment below. We’d love to try new things, while giving other parents as many ideas as possible from which to choose. Cheers to road tripping!

About Pro Mom Dom:

Dominique is a beautiful wife and mommy of two, with lots of great survival tips for parenting toddlers. She is currently studying to be a certified personal trainer. In the midst of being a wife and mommy, she still finds time for self-care; taking care of the body God has given her. 

Photo credit by: Jaiden Photograph


Deitra B.

I am Deitra Baker, a servant, follower and lover of Christ. I am a wife to one amazing husband, and mother to two of God’s most amazing children...Read More »

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