Family Road Trip Tips

10 Things You Need In Your Car For a Family Road Trip

As a mom of 4 we've run into some jams.  We've learned along the way of what to keep in the car for a more relaxing road trip with kids.  Some things you might not need all the time but when you do need them, you'll be glad you brought them. 

Wet wipes - I highly recommend keeping a pack of these in your vehicle for trips.  They can be used to clean stick hands, clean up if someone gets car sick, or even in a bathroom emergency. 

Car Sickness Medication -  I keep this in my car at all time. I have 2 kids that get car sick. I don't always think about it before leaving them house. Sometimes it's when we're a half hour in a trip and my daughter is asking me to roll the window down when it's 30 degrees outside.  This can make the trip more enjoyable for both you and your children. I should note that there is children's motion sickness medication and adult.

Acetaminophin  or other pain medication - People get headaches, older folks get backaches or neck pain from sitting too long. If you're the driver the last thing you want is a headache while driving. Again make sure to have something age appropriate for each person.

Plastic Bags - Keep several plastic bags in the car. In can be used to gather up garbage to throw away at the next rest stop. 

Entertainment for the kids - They offer lots of travel games and activities.  There is a lot of neat stuff out there to keep kids entertained.  I actually made a "find-it" game using an old bottle, rice, and some small toys. Honestly the kids play with it all the time in the car. 

Car charger for your phone - I used my phone with the Google maps app for directions.  I'm usually the driver so my husband would use his phone to find restaurants, gas stations, etc.  I don't know what we'd do without our phones on a trip. Also important to think about emergencies.

Flashlight - This is important especially if you think you'll be on the road at night.  You'll need that flashlight to check tires, get attention if you break down, etc.  Also comes in handy if one of the kids drop something under the seat. 

Drinks and light snacks - For long road trips (several hours) we'll back at least one drink per person and some light snacks. Things like fruit snacks, sunflower seeds, beef jerky, nuts work great.  

Printed directions and/or a map - Call me old fashioned if you want to but more than once have I had a device fail on me.  If not for having back up printed directions or a map we might have really gotten off course. Sometimes it's as simple as forgetting to update a gps or an unexpected road closure.  Or maybe your device just goes haywire for a few minutes. Either way it's not a bad idea to have a back up plan.

Share your ideas for things to take on a road trip.  What did I forget?

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