This post was sponsored by Pilot Flying J, but all opinions are my own.
We’re in July now which means that Summer Break is here and people are trying to get some last minute road trips in before school starts. Which means there will be lots of families taking road trips. If this is you, check out these 10 best road trip tips for kids that I’ve come up with!
First and foremost, plan to make several stops! When you stop for lunch make sure there’s a play area for them to play on. When you stop for bathroom breaks make sure there’s a small area of land close by for them to run on, we love to stop at Pilot Flying J because they have clean restrooms. One of our favorite things to do on road trips with the kids is to have them run laps. They love it and they get some pent up energy out!
Use suction cup shower caddies to hold supplies. This is a great place to keep crayons, snacks, and small toys within arms reach.
Make a travel kit binder. This can keep them busy for hours and will also keep all those loose papers in 1 place. Click the link to get over 150 free printables!
Make individual travel snack boxes using empty baby wipe containers. A great way to keep the snacks in 1 place and will also (hopefully!) keep them from fighting over snacks! Pilot Flying J is the perfect place to stop to pick up road trip snacks. We stop here for gas and I love that they have such a big variety of both snacks and healthy options. You can also join their rewards program.
Make a matching pole for each child. This is super cheap and super easy to put together and great for younger kids! If they don’t know their letters yet just use shapes instead.
Put together a portable lego kit. Not only will this keep them busy, it will also make them think and use their brains (and they won’t even know it!!). Click the link to print free activity cards!
Bring a few packages of window gel clings. The kids will have a blast sticking them on the windows and taking them off again and you won’t have to worry about a sticky mess being left behind! Window markers would also be a hit!
Download some fun, new apps on the phones/tablets. They will more than likely want to get on their electronics at some point during the trip and this way they’ll have something new to keep them occupied for awhile.
Give each kid a cookie sheet activity tray. These will come in handy for putting puzzles together, coloring, playing games, reading, eating lunch, etc!
Go to your local library and check out a few books on CD (and maybe even a few movies if you have a portable DVD player). When you just need some quiet, pop one in and enjoy the silence while everyone listens.
Don’t let traveling with kids scare you! Just make sure you take time to prepare by using some of the tips in this post! What are some of your favorite tips for traveling with kids?