Top 10 Road Trip Survival Tips for Moms and Dads

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Taking a Road Trip with the Littles?

The Dogwoods Trees are blooming all around us which means Road Trip Season is upon us! If you’re like us and traveling with child(ren), you will appreciate this list of kid friendly road trip survival ideas.

Top Ten Road Trip Survival Tips:

  1. Create a 3 ring binder for each child and print off the ‘I Spy Car Check List’ below. Place it in the binder.
  2. Pick up some Window Markers so your kiddos can draw on the windows (put them in a pouch that can be added to the 3 ring binder.)
  3. Print off some lines and dots games – or tic-tac-toe at this link. Place them in binder.
  4. Download Audible so you can enjoy some e-books while driving.
  5. Wrap a couple small toys from the Dollar store – kids love unwrapping presents on a trip and it keeps them occupied and happy!
  6. Take some magnet letters or other magnets and a baking pan! You can place different letters and magnet shapes in different bags that can be stored in the binder.
  7. Pack some books to read in a small box that can be easily reached by the littles. Put the baking pan for #6 in with the books.
  8. A new coloring book is always a big hit! It can be stored with the books in #7 and the crayons can be placed in a pouch and put in the 3 ring binder.
  9. Pack a snack tote and include bananas, oranges, fruit by the foot is a fav because it is fun to unroll and it takes my littles a while to eat it. Goldfish crackers and fruit loops or cheerios are big hits with our kids. You can pack ice in freezer bags too -- makes it easier to refill ice at fuel stations. Include some wipes and paper towels. We also carry plastic bags in the glove box for easy garbage removal.
  10. Print some Road Trip Bingo sheets (colors, signs, etc) and put them in the binder.

As always, we strongly encourage a pre-trip inspection with an experienced mechanic before any road trip. We offer these pre-trip safety inspections to keep you ON the road versus BESIDE it waiting for help! You can schedule with us here. Happy Motoring!


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