Surprise Road Trip Bags for Kids

by Tonya Staab
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Keep the kids occupied on road trips this summer with these fun surprise road trip travel bags full of goodies that will keep them busy for hours.

We’ve been planning our big summer road trip for a couple of months now. It’s going to be so much fun, just me and two of my children, and we’ll be meeting up with my boyfriend for some fun, then road-tripping back home to California again.

So I’ve been putting together some fun for the kids for the road because I don’t want boredom to set in during the long stretches of nothing but desert.

Note: This project was originally created for Hewlett Packard’s website MyPrintly however that site has been taken offline. You can still find some of the MyPrintly projects on the HP YouTube channel. 

I don’t know about you but being asked countless times “how much longer?” can become a little tiresome after a while. I like to break up our road trips with planned stops for sightseeing and food (and of course rest areas) so that the kids aren’t sitting for too long. To help keep them occupied in the car though I always give them a few of their favorite things. But, I also give them a couple of new things too that will hold their attention, because don’t we all love something that’s shiny and new?! So I’ve made a couple of these surprise road trip bags for the twins’ for our upcoming summer road trip.

How To Make A Road Trip Travel Bag For Kids

  • Surprise Card  PDF to clip to bags (download)
  • HP Printer
  • HP glossy photo paper
  • Contents for bags – see my suggestions below
  • Clip to hold bag closed so there’s no peeking


The first thing you need to do is decide what you are going to put into your bag, that will determine the size of the bag that you need. Here are a few ideas though:

  • HP Sprocket with paper
  • Road trip maps and activities – these are free if you are a AAA member
  • Travel bingo
  • Fluffy socks
  • Neck pillow
  • Small toy
  • DIY kit that doesn’t contain a lot of small parts that can be dropped such as the pom pom animal kit I included
  • Travel journal
  • Clipboard with a marker attached so it isn’t dropped and so that they have a hard surface to complete activities on.
  • Sleep mask for naps
  • Cute sunglasses for protecting little eyes from the sun coming through the window

Next, find a bag big enough to hold all of your goodies. The one I chose will double as a bag for taking things such as snacks and towels to the lake and fishing during our road trip adventure.

Then, print out the fun ‘Surprise’ printable I created to clip to your bag, or alternatively make up your own. I used HP Photo Creations to create this card.

Attach the note card to the bag using a clip so that kids cannot open until they are in the car.

Fill your bag and have a great road trip.

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Virginia Luther June 5, 2017 - 11:13 pm

Thank you so much for the post.I really love the bag and I actually looking for this type bag.This is one of the marvelous Summer Road Trip Bags for Kids.
So much stuff for kids are include with this bag.At California,where can I find out?

Cynthia2415 June 18, 2018 - 4:19 am

Nice post.


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