Tips, Snacks, and Entertainment for a Road Trip with Kids

by Tonya Staab

Taking a road trip with kids this summer? We’ve got the best tips, snacks, and entertainment to get you through your journey.

I’ve lost count of the number of road trips I’ve taken with the kids. Over the years I’ve learned quite a lot though, especially combating the ‘there’s no Wi-Fi’, ‘I’m hungry’, and ‘when are we going to get there?’ comments.

How do you survive a road trip with kids?

Prepare, prepare, prepare! I cannot stress this enough. From making sure your car is serviced, to snacks, entertainment, and first aid kits. Make a list, check it twice, and if you think you don’t need something, pack it anyway because you will. We’ve made this easy for you and have a printable summer road trip checklist that you can print and check off.

Road trip snacks for kids

road trip snack tubs for kids
Snack tubs for kids to take in the car.

The last thing you want is to hear ‘I’m hungry’ constantly while you are trying to make it to your next destination. We’ve been using these road trip snack tubs for the kids for a few years now. We’ve done countless trips with them and they are so easy to refill, keep food separated for each child, and there’s no fighting. You can see another version of these snack tubs for road trips over at Kids Activities Blog too. Don’t forget to pack lots of water too.

Keep kids entertained in the car

A boy in a car holding an iPad for a long road trip.
iPad entertainment for kids in the car

Keeping the kids entertained in the car can be challenging. We have a few fun ideas for you though.

A map with photographs of road trip stops.
Map with photographs of road trip stops.

Do you have any other great tips to add?

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