In a couple of months we’ll be hitting the road to make our way to the sunshine state. Some people think we’re nuts for driving there, but the road trip itself is a great experience for our family. We make several stops in different states and typically stop halfway there to rest and explore a new town. The kids love it and look forward to it each time.
Today’s post is about the things you need to take on a family road trip. Aside from the important things such as a car kit, emergency phone contacts etc., these essentials will give you a peace of mind so you can enjoy the ride (pun intended). We have our routine down packed and it’s always the same for all of our trips. So here are 5 must haves for a road trip, according to our family:
5 Must Haves For A Family Road Trip
1. Snacks and drinks.
Nothing is worse than going on a long drive and getting hungry or thirsty along the way. So make sure to stock up on your family’s favorite snacks to keep everyone fueled and happy on your trip. I let the kids pick out a few of their favorites, but I also purchase snacks that I know will keep them fueled for the long haul. A small cooler with cold drinks is also a great idea and well worth it. I personally need a large dose of caffeine to keep me alert.
Lotion, lip balm, wipes and tissues are all things you will probably need at some point during your road trip. Take a small container or bag to hold all of these essentials so that you have them readily available when you need them. If you save the small toiletries samples that you get at hotels or in gift packs, this is the perfect time to put them to use since they take up a lot less space.
3. A GPS system that works.
Nothing is worse than getting lost and we’ve done it more times than I care to admit. Invest in a GPS that works or if your phone has a great GPS system feel free to use that instead. Gone are the days of maps (remember those?!) and written directions. With roads constantly changing owning a GPS is a must have for all travelers. Plus getting lost equals a frustrated driver.
Whether it’s great music, movies or books, you’re going to need entertainment for the non-drivers. I find that bringing a little bit of everything works out best since my kids tend to get bored pretty easily. I also like to purchase inexpensive books from the dollar store that have crossword puzzles and activities. You can never have too many options when driving long distances with kids.
5. A properly installed car seat.
If this doesn’t apply to you, feel free to skip. Did you know that more than 70% off car seats are installed incorrectly? If you have little ones you already know that a properly installed car seat is a must. The last thing you want to worry about is whether or not your child’s car seat will work if needed. Most fire departments will check your car seat installation for free. The extra time will definitely be worth it.
Patient and helpful brothers are also a bonus. 😉 This kid loves his baby sister and it just melts this momma’s heart.
What are some of your must haves when hitting the road with your loved ones? Please comment and share below!