10 Essential Planning Tips For Awesome Family Road Trip

Are you planning a family road trip? Do you need some planning tips?

Taking a road trip with kids can be fun but also takes planning. 

It can be a cheaper option to be able to take the family somewhere you have always wanted to go.

This article will give you some planning ideas on taking a road trip with the family.

Hopefully, this will help make your road trip a lot easier.

How Do I Prepare For A Family Road Trip?

1. Leave At Night

Leaving at night can have some benefits such as sleep. The kids will probably sleep through a big portion of the trip.

You won’t have all the distractions of are we there yet or fighting.

2. Go To The Bathroom Before You Leave

You want to make sure everyone goes to the bathroom before you leave.

You don’t want to get 20 minutes into the trip and have to find a place to go to the bathroom. During one of our road trips, I made that mistake and it was hard trying to pull over and find a bathroom.

Most areas will have a gas station or rest area, but sometimes you get on those areas where there is nothing around.  

3. Plan Breaks

It is always a good idea if you can plan your breaks.

Everything doesn’t always work out as you want, especially when you are traveling with kids, but it is always a good idea to have a plan.

4. Prepare For Emergencies

You hope nothing bad will happen but you never know, it is always best to plan for emergencies and carry emergency supplies.

Emergency Supply List

  • Emergency Contact Numbers
  • Flashlight
  • Rope
  • First Aid Kit
  • Motion Sickness Bag
  • Blankets
  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • Spare Tire
  • Tire Jack
  • Extra Water
  • Shovel
  • Ice Scraper
  • Jumper Cables
  • Lighter

5. Plan For Sickness

You might not think you or the kids will get motion sickness but it is a real possibility.

On one of our road trips, my little boy got 30 minutes into the trip and vomited all over the car. I was not prepared and did not have a bucket or anything.

Ever since then I always carry a motion sickness bag or bucket with us just in case. I also like to have hand sanitizer, wipes, sandwich bags, and garbage bags.

6. Pack Lots Of Snacks

You will want to pack a lot of snacks to keep the kids full.   

What Are The Best Travel Snacks?

  • Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • String Cheese
  • Cookies
  • Grapes
  • Dry Cereal
  • Bananas
  • Granola Bars
  • Apple Slices
  • Sandwiches
  • Muffins

7. Take Activities

You will want to bring lots of activities to keep the kids from getting bored.

What Activities To Bring For The Kids?

  • Coloring Books
  • Music
  • Small Car Toys
  • Family Games( Eye Spy, Singing)
  • Tablet Games
  • DVD Player
  • Travel Etch A Sketch

Katie from Wellness Mama has a great article on travel games and activities for kids you can read here.

8. Get Out And Walk Around

After a while, your legs can get cramped and start hurting. It is always a good idea to make some stops to get out and stretch your legs. 

9. Switch Drivers

If you have more than one driver it is always a good idea to switch drivers so the other person can get some rest

10. Bring Goodie Bags

I like to pack goodie bags for the kids with some of their favorite snacks or toys inside.

What Should I Pack For A Family Road Trip?

  • Emergency supply kit( Flashlight, first aid kit)
  • Jumper Cables
  • Spare Tire
  • Tire Jack
  • Water
  • Paper Map
  • GPS
  • Car Charger
  • Phone
  • Blankets
  • License and Vehicle Registration
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Motion Sickness Bag
  • Garbage bags
  • Paper Towel
  • Food/Snacks
  • Activities for the kids
  • Tablet
  • Camera
  • Pen/Paper
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfy Car Seat
  • Lip Balm
  • Books
  • Snow Shovel
  • Ice Scraper
  • Umbrella
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Comfortable Clothes

How Can I Make A Road Trip More Comfortable?

  • Start with a comfortable car seat
  • Plan some stops along the way
  • Get out and stretch those legs
  • Dress the kids in comfortable clothing

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