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6 best ideas, activities, and resources for road trips with kids

01 Aug 6 best ideas, activities, and resources for road trips with kids


I believe you can never enjoy the road trip in the absence of cranky kids and family whose laughter echoes in the car that keeps you lively and fresh throughout the journey. Nothing has aspired me more than watching families hanging out together on the beach or a group of friends sharing laughter on the hiking track on their way to explore something new. Traveling with kids does not have to mean that you have to count the hours before you reach your destination in one piece. If you are well prepared, you can engage your kids in healthy activities that keep them involved so that they don’t get bored and start disturbing you. This article will enlist six best ideas, activities, and resources for planning a road trip with kids.

  1. Prepare activities for kids beforehand

The best strategy to keep your kids engaged during the long road trips is to arrange different activities for them and reveal one at a time. This will keep their spirits high, and they will be curious to know what the next activity is and what fun will it bring. Telling them about all the activities beforehand will kill the surprise, and they will lose their interest pretty fast.

  1. Organize kid’s bags individually

Prepare each kids bag separately and organize it by making different sections. For example make one section for food, one of colors/drawing books, one for head phone and DVD player and one for games such as cards and puzzles, etc. This will firstly enable them to keep their personal things organized, and secondly, it will keep them engaged to discover each section and get involved in creative activities

  1. Play their favorite movies/cartoons

The best way to keep your children entertained is carrying a set of their favorite movies on the journey and play them on their demand. You can even play their favorite audio books such as harry potter or kids book by Roald Dhal this would not only keep them engaged but also increase their listening and imagination power. Make sure that your car has the best speakers so that the children can easily listen and understand the story.

  1. Personal iPods

Once you are traveling, make sure you download some good games enjoyed by your child so that when you are traveling they can access the games easily and you don’t need to supervise them as they won’t have access to online sites. The children can use the iPod to keep themselves busy by taking pictures on their way and sharing them with their friends on social media.

  1. Let kids enjoy quality time

When you are traveling with your kids, it is necessary that you give children an open space at the back seat to play with their stuff and avoid them from diverting your attention from the drive. Giving your children freedom during the trip will strengthen their learning, and they would remember the things they witnessed on their journey by drawing the landscapes and things they loved on their drawing copies.

  1. Create a small library in car

To create among your children the love for literature, it is the best idea to create a small colorful library and hang it at the back of the front seat and encourage your kid to read different kinds of story books and then narrate them to each other. Moreover, you can also keep books relating to the place you are going to visit. It will increase their interest and curiosity to discover the place.


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Jonathon is an IT expert and a researcher. He is obsessed with cars and all the digital accessories. He regularly posts at www.sakerracing.com


  • Megan Indoe
    Posted at 12:43h, 01 August Reply

    These seem like great suggestions for parents! One of my favorite activities to do on long car rides when I was a kid was to play games or a version of bingo with objects you’d see while driving! Those always kept my brother, sister, and I entertained! I wish we had TVs in the car when I was young!

  • Patricia
    Posted at 15:23h, 01 August Reply

    I love the idea of creating a colorful library in your car for the kids! What a fun idea! We don’t have kids, but we do have friends with children, and I’m passing this on to them. There are great suggestions here, and they go far beyond the idea of spotting license plates from different states and seeing birds on a wire (which was a big part of my childhood road trips). I know my friend Lauren would love the separate bag idea for her girls. It sounds so organized and a perfect way for each of her kids to feel like they have their own stuff/space, etc. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah Kim
    Posted at 15:46h, 01 August Reply

    Oh I love the idea of a library in the car. But even better is preparing each kid’s bag separately. Packing with kids seems much harder than without. Haha I already have issues with packing myself.

  • Candy
    Posted at 17:48h, 01 August Reply

    I don’t have any children, but this is great for the road trips I take with my niece and nephew. I never thought about creating a library! That actually sounds like a good one for short distance trips like when running errands around town 🙂

  • Laura Nalin
    Posted at 00:50h, 02 August Reply

    I’m nowhere near the point of having kids, but I commend every single parent who has the patience to have their little ones in tow on trips. Of course you want to bring them, but you have to be mega-organized. This list is amazing! Your kids are quite lucky – individual iPods?! I love all the tips and will keep them in mind for my future 🙂

  • LaiAriel R. Samangka ( Thelittlelai: Beyond limits)
    Posted at 07:16h, 02 August Reply

    Wow, i may can’t relate for now since I din’t have kids, but probably this would be a big help in the future and I’m thanking you in advance for this article. Everything that I’ve read here is not just a helpful tips, but very sensible and interesting. Anyway, I’m seeing myself to do all these stuff in the future. I really appreciate all these, thank you again for sharing this article with us.

  • Nicki
    Posted at 09:54h, 02 August Reply

    This list also works for 33 year old kids – because that is how I organize my road trips 😉 I LOVE being able to watch movies when someone else is driving!

  • Sandy N Vyjays
    Posted at 21:22h, 02 August Reply

    Road trips are great opportunities for family bonding. However kids might get a little irritated or bored, especially if you are driving for long hauls. They need to be kept occupied and in good humour, You have some practical and sensible advice for the same.

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