Does the idea of going on road trips with kids make you want to “turn around this car and go home?”
Would you believe road trips with kids are some of my favorite trips? I love the freedom you get to explore. Plus you don’t have to pay extra for luggage. Here are my …
Top 10 Tips For Road Trips With Kids
(try saying that 10 times fast!)
- Research fun places to stop on the way. This summer we drove to Santa Fe. On the way we stopped at Palo Duro Canyon to see an amazing outdoor play under the stars, we went to Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo (and knew to buy cans of spray paint in advance), and took a picture at the midpoint of Route 66. If I hadn’t looked them up in advance we probably would have driven right past them.
- When you enter a new state stop at the visitor center. The people working in there almost always have good ideas of unique places to visit. Even if they don’t, kids usually have a lot of fun looking at all the brochures.
- Don’t overthink activities for the car. You know what you kid likes. Coloring, reading, crafts, little army men. I used to bring way too much stuff that I then needed to clean up and bring in every day. All those games we used to play as a child (before ipads) like iSpy, travel bingo, looking for license plates, are still fun to kids.
- Whatever your bring, make sure it is something you won’t care if it gets dropped all over the backseat. Because let’s be honest, that’s going to happen. Small things like beads may be a pain. Things that stick to seats, like play-dough, not the best idea. Make sure you pick up all the crayons before you get out … unless you like melted crayons. (Don’t ask how I know this. RIP backseat of my last car)
- Get organized (sort of). Find a cheap over the door shoe organizer and put it over the back of the front seats. Stick everything in there so your kids can reach it. Job done!
- Headphones! For the kids and for you if you need to drown them out.
- Snacks. What’s a road trip without snacks? Make sure they are easy to reach!
- Picnics. Who doesn’t like a picnic? Stop at roadside parks. Let the kids get out some energy. Play catch or run races. Meet some truck drivers. It’s fun!
- Don’t forget electronics and carsickness. Even if someone doesn’t normally get carsick, looking down at an iPad or book or whatever for extended periods can result in kids getting sick. Make sure they spend some time looking out the window!
- Cleaning supplies! Something for trash. Paper towels. Wipes. Hand sanitizer. All good things to have on hand.
Now go explore and make some memories with your kids. Don’t overthink it. In the words of Nike, “Just do it!”
P.S. Need some help planning road trips with kids? I am here for you!