It’s time for a family road trip! Exciting, right? It certainly can be with the right activities for your kids and a little bit of planning. Kids will also do a lot better on a road trip (or any vacation) if they feel actively involved and not dragged along. Here are some ways you can easily include your kids in planning an awesome family road trip.
Healthy Road Trip Snacks
Pack Snacks Packing snacks will help minimize pit stops and unhealthy habits on your road trip. Encourage kids to pick their own, but not in a shopping free-for-all. Buy healthy snacks beforehand, then let kids “choose” from them.
- Snap peas
- Baby carrots
- Apple slices
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Whole grain cereal
- Almond milk
Then, pack chosen snacks in special containers for each of your kids. The containers will feel like an added bonus. Make sure to bring extra snacks as well so that the kids don’t fight over who has what snack if they change their minds later.
There are lots of great family road trip games out there. We love Rubberneckers for its road trip focus, but many beloved games are great for the car. These include hands-free games like I Spy or 20 Questions, or portable travel-sized games like tic-tac-toe or checkers.
We also love to make our own games for the trip, as it adds a personalized touch.
Crosswords and word searches are great for both the educational value and their ability to prompt family conversations. Here’s an example of what your family road trip crossword might look like.
Make a Road Trip Playlist
Have your kids ever fought over what music is playing? Do you ever wish you could take a break from kids music? Make a playlist together beforehand so everyone gets a little bit of what they want. Plus, kids can look forward to their favorite songs coming up.
Or, for something quick and fun for the whole family, check out Real Mom Daily’s Family Road Trip Playlist.
A playlist might include more than music, too. For kids who love books but get car sick when reading, a set of audiobooks will do the trick.
Pull Out a Paper Map
It may feel as if paper maps have gone the way of the dodo, but they’ll help to keep kids occupied and informed. Plot your general route with your kids beforehand. Then, when you’re on the road with your kids and they (inevitably) ask, “Are we there yet?” you can show them exactly where you are along the route. It’ll teach them geography, and can lead to conversations and games about location.
Plan a Surprise
While it’s great to involve kids in the planning, most kids love a little novelty, too. Whether it’s a game, a toy, a surprise snack (a little sugar, maybe!), or a pit stop to a neat attraction, plan at least one surprise for when your kids get antsy.
With a little bit of planning, a family road trip can be as fun as a Saturday afternoon. Your family may even feel as if the road trip was the main event! Whether you’re traveling for an hour or a full day, these tips will help you to plan an awesome family road trip time and time again.