5 Road Trip Hacks for Parents

Shantie Toolsie  | July 22, 2019

If you’re a parent who has made road trips with kids, you probably know it’s not always easy to keep them entertained, especially on long stretches. Before they start asking “are we there yet?!” every five minutes, try these clever road trip tricks!

1. Craft Trays

Coloring and crafting is a great way for kids to be creative and pass the time, but crayons and pencils can easily fall between seats or on the floor. Plus, nobody can color well on their lap! Cookie sheets make great laptop tables, plus the curved edges prevent small items from falling. Bonus tip: get fun magnets for them to play with. They’ll even stick to the cookie sheet!

2. Snack Packs

Fight the grumpiness that goes with long trips and empty tummies by packing snack packs! Get multi-compartment Tupperware containers and pack with foods like grapes, crackers, nuts, fruit leather, and cheese. Additionally, bring along plenty of fruit juice boxes or pouches for easy no-spill hydration. Just be sure to store any perishable foods in a cooler with ice packs.

3. Car Games

The classic traditions of I Spy and The License Plate game stand the test of time. Revive these old time-passers with your kids on your next trip. It keeps them focused and can be educational. Check out these road trip game ideas for all ages!

4. Take Breaks

One of the best things you can do as a family on a road trip is make time for out-of-car excursions. Plan your trip with some stops in mind. There are plenty of interesting roadside attractions appropriate for all ages, and you’ll make memories along the journey instead of just at the destination.

5. Movies

If all else fails, get out the smartphone or portable DVD player and let the kids kick back with a movie. Disney and Pixar movies are perfect for road trips, or you can check your local library for something entertaining and educational. Pack a bag of popcorn and some juice, as well as plenty of pillows and blankies in case movie time turns into nap time.

Though sometimes it seems like kids don’t enjoy long hauls in the car, making the journey more enjoyable is sure to help them make memories that will last a lifetime. No matter where you’re traveling this summer, be safe and have a great time!

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