Looking for expert tips for road trips with kids? My tried and true expert road trip tips with kids will help your family enjoy the journey when you hit the open road.
No one wants to get up at the crack of dawn, least of whom are the kids. But leaving super early in the morning has a lot of benefits. • Tired kids will also sleep a bit for the first part of the trip. • Getting on the road early will help avoid a lot of traffic spots.
One way to cure the “are we there yet blues” is having distractions. • Video and audio entertainment are the easiest and most engaging. • Listening to an audiobook on an app avoids screen time. • Back up entertainment like activity books are great too!
You should definitely plan ahead for road trip meals and snacks. • Having a cooler or individual lunch box for kids with meals and snacks prepared in advance ensures more nutritious options. • Bring disposable serving ware. • Carry enough water to stay hydrated!
Kids will inevitably nap on the road trip. Planning for their napping comfort will help that go more smoothly. • You can get a neck pillow to help them rest their head or bring their pillow from home. • I also recommend a blanket and their lovey so they can get comfy and cozy.
If you are planning to change hotels or locations often during your road trip, I recommend planning a “one night” bag. Pack individual outfits in freezer bags. Set these at the top, so you can easily open up your suitcase and grab them so it minimizes how much stuff you have to bring into the hotel.