We’re huge fans of traveling and it’s easy to plan great road trips kids love if you make sure you cover a few basics!
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Planning Great Road Trips Kids Love
Are you the family road trip planner? If you’re like me, when it comes to family travel, most of the planning is on my shoulders. Whether we’re hitting in the skies or hitting the road on summer adventures, I’m the one working out the details!
It’s actually pretty easy to plan great road trips kids love. The destination isn’t always the most important thing. It’s really all about making the journey a good one!
Our favorite road trip so far was a trip we took to Orlando. We normally fly but one year we decided to drive and it was a journey full of memories! But most of our road trips keep us right here in the great state of Texas! We’re lucky to live in a state with so many adventures just down the road (a few hours).
As the family road trip planner around here, there are a few basic things I focus on now that help make road trips a success.
Kids Road Trip Activities
Keeping the kids busy is one of the most important things to plan for when hitting the road.
Our van has a DVD player in it, but the kids won’t just watch movies the entire road trip. They also have their own tablets which are great because they can watch their favorite shows and play games.
Those are two things that I’m definitely happy we have but great road trips kids love have to do with more traditional kids road trip activities!
While we’re on the road, my kids love:
- Coloring books and crayons
- Sketchbooks and colored pencils
- Books to read (I’m so jealous that they seem to be able to read without feeling sick!)
- Blocks to build with (we glued a building plate to the inside of a pencil box so we can store the blocks for travel)
For them, it’s all about balancing technology with more traditional kids road trip activities. The key is to pack as much as you can! You don’t want to run out of things for them to do!
Kids Road Trip Snacks
I’m not sure which is more important when it comes to kids road trip activities and road trip snacks. I’m pretty sure we need a lot of both to make sure I’ve planned a great road trip kids have good memories of.
The key to snacks on a road trip is that they travel well. I also like a balance of treats and healthier options so we don’t end up with hyped up kids who have to be buckled up for hours.
Some of our favorite snacks include:
- Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches
- Snack size baggies of crackers
- Snack size baggies of dry cereal
- Fruit snacks
- Granola bars
- Cheese sticks (if we have a cooler with us)
We do have a tradition of letting them each pick out a treat at the first gas station stop we make! It helps limit the candy they want to pack.
Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches are one of my top picks to take on the road with us because they travel so well. They’re packable and my kids also rarely make a mess with them!
They’re made with pure fruit and nothing artificial. Plus they come in a variety of flavors (which means there is an option for everyone)! There’s no High Fructose Corn Syrup and no mess!
They make this mom pretty happy! I actually keep a few in my purse for our every day on the go too!
Going With the Flow but Being Prepared
One of the things I’ve learned about having great road trips kids enjoy is that it works best if everyone is willing to go with the flow. The kids are usually the most flexible ones, so if the adults can get on board with being flexible, everything seems to go smoothly no matter what happens.
As the family road trip planner, I do sketch out a plan so we at least have something to work with. But if we end up needing to stop early for lunch and maybe spend a bit more time out of the car, it works best to take care of things and not push to stick to a plan.
So I’ve learned to go with the flow, but to also be prepared.
How do I make sure I’m prepared? I keep some basics in the front of the car. Baby wipes, a change of clothes and an empty gallon zipper bag, some towels (in case anyone does get sick), and other things like that. I’d rather pack a bag with extra necessities than pull into a rest stop and have to dig through our bags in the back of the van!
Summer road trips are a great way to travel with the kids! We think family travel is pretty important from a young age! We’ve found success by being flexible and being prepared!
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