Heading someplace fun for Spring Break this year? Whether you are driving to a sunny state or visiting Grandma and Grandpa, here are a few tips that my family relies on to make the car trip a little smoother.
Family Road Trip Car Essentials:
1. Snacks - No messy or crumbly snacks. I mean it! I don’t care how tasty they are, unless you want to start an all-you-can-eat snack bar under the back seats, learn to say NO. Little, individual size snack bags are perfect travel companions. Grapes are good, easy to eat and no peel to worry about. No juice boxes. Put drinks in drip-proof sippy cups or sports bottles so they don’t leak or get squirted everywhere.
2. Water Bottles – Always have a bottle of water in the car. Even if the rest of the family behaves like camels, refusing to drink water, it’s nice to be able to rinse off your hands or that binky that fell in the back seat and is now furry.
3. Garbage Bag – Always have a bag in the car to throw out trash. Trust me, you don’t want to hold a snotty Kleenex or ketchup covered wrapper or banana peel for 4 hours. (Been there. Done that. Not fun.)
4. Pillows, Snuggle Buddies, or Neck Wraps – If the stars are aligned and Holiday fortune is smiling on you, your young kids will fall asleep for awhile. (When they are older, they put their iPod headphones on and they may as well be asleep.) While most kids are resilient and flexible, they shouldn’t have to kiss their navel while they are napping. Give them some support.
5. Antibacterial Wipes/Hand Sanitizer – You have kids. Need I say more? Buy it in bulk.
6. Boredom Bag – You’ll need plenty of entertainment to keep the kids (and adults) amused during the long car trip. Read my post on Age Appropriate Kids Entertainment for Car Trips and Family Roadtrip Sanity-Saving Planning Tips.
What items do you take on your Family Road Trips that you can’t live without?