17 Traveling with Kids Tips and Road Trip Ideas


Engaging road trip ideas while traveling with kids!  I’ve got you hooked up with traveling with kids tips, games, activities, snacks, as well as arming you with must-have organizing ideas.  Whether you’re traveling by car, boat, or plane you’ll be able to use these road trip tips for almost any age of kiddo.


Traveling with Kids Tips

1.  Road Trip Pillow Case ~ These road trip pillow cases are FAB-U-LOUS!  They have a pocket for coloring books and other toys as well as a handle for easy carrying.  Download the directions to make your own.

2.  Phone Number Necklace ~ These necklaces are a great way to have your name and phone number on your kids at all times.  It can be tucked inside their shirt, and if something happens to them, they can find someone that works at the airport or destination, usually dressed in a uniform or behind a desk, and show them their necklace.

Road Trip Ideas

3.  Road Trip Binder for Kids ~ Each binder has a map of the US that kids can check out and follow along.  The front of each binder has the trip mapped out for them as well. They can follow along with little post-it flags.

4.  Magnetic Silly Faces ~ This fun personalized magnetic silly face will keep kids entertained in the car on a road trip this summer or at home during every day play.

5.  Car Pulley System ~ This Car Pulley System is the perfect way to pass back snacks and travel activities for kids.  It’s a great way to make sure your little one isn’t bored or fussy on a long ride.

6.  Travel Timeline ~ Let your children visualize your trip with this simple and fun timeline craft.  Have your children draw pictures that represent each city or state that you will be traveling past.  All you will need to pack in the car to make your own time line need is string, a hole punch, makers and paper clips.

Road Trips

7.  Travel Treats & Activity ~ Package some snacks (with individual trash bags) and a little activity for them to do.  Some ideas for the container can be a capri sun, fruit mentos, bag of chips, cheese & crackers, color wonder activity and a gallon sized ziplock for their trash.

8.  Road Trip Apple Pies ~ Recipe for individual apple pies and a tutorial on how to wrap them so they are easily transported and eaten on the road, even while driving.  This definitely beats crackers and fruit snacks!

9.  Food Travel Kit ~ Using a tackle box, raid the kitchen and assemble this snack kit before your next road trip.  It will turn a simple snack into entertaining fun!

10.  Car Snacks ~ Try these 3 healthy snack ideas that are easy to make!  You won’t have to make a special trip to the store for containers or ingredients.

Road Trip Games

11.  Road Trip Bingo ~ Keep the little ones entertained with these free printable travel bingo cards.  They simply look for things around them, like road signs, trees, gas pumps, etc.

12.  Reading and Writing on the Road ~ Print these free printable games on cardstock and laminate and keep in the glove box.  That way, whether you are on a long road trip or just running errands around town, you will have something on hand to keep the kids from getting bored in the car.

13.  DVD Coloring Case ~ Not only is this DVD coloring case a great way to recycle, but also an updated version of a crayon roll complete with paper storage.

14.  DIY Travel Games ~ Save money and make your own travel games.  You can copy/paste your favorite board games from google.  Laminate them and use magnets for game pieces.  A cookie sheet is a perfect lap desk to play the games on.  All of the game boards and pieces quickly store on a cookie sheet and fit in the back of the seat.

Road Trip Tips

15.  Vacation Trip Tracker ~ This trip tracker is perfect for your “are we there yets?”.  Cut out state shapes with felt and add a toy car with velcro to each state.  When you travel through each state the toy car moves to the state and the kids get a brown bag prize.

16.  Travel Organizer ~ A canvas shoe bag is a great way to compartmentalize your kids’ stuff, giving them options and choices to keep your summer travels entertaining.  Add their favorite stuffed animals, small books, maybe even a new toy, game, or snack.

17.  Packing Tip ~ Using a ziplock bag, package up one outfit for each day, including undies and hair accessory.  When you reach your destination your child can easily choose what they want to wear for that day.

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  1. All of these idea are great and FYI none of this is dangerous in case of a accident, so to all the new moms don’t freak out your kid will be okay.

  2. You can also buy magnets at rest stops along the route for the kids to have a personalized game piece. Bonus:The magnets stay put on the cookie sheet so that the game doesn’t get ruined when you hit a speed bump!

  3. The web site that has the road games printable is something that you have to sign up as a teacher on and even then it won’t let me download the thing. How disappointing because I love playing those games (sometimes even with my 5 year old son!). Our favorite is a Victorian party game called “The Minister’s Cat.” You start with A words – The Minister’s Cat is an adorable cat… The Minister’s Car is an ancient cat…” and take turns. When someone can’t think of a word, uses a word that’s been used before, or uses a word that begins with the wrong letter, you move on to the next letter of the alphabet. My son loves it!

  4. the bucket for the car pulley system is dangerous in the event of an accident. Its a projectile that could kill someone in a forceful accident. Just had to put that out there #carsafetynerd

  5. Great ideas here, which brought back a lot of wonderful memories of our many years of travelling with our kids during school holidays. The activity bags on the back of each front seat were great for us – we refilled the pockets each day with a different combo of craft, game & snack activities. We also listened to books on tape, plus a mix of kids / adult music for variety and afternoon quiet times. A 15-minute stop every 2-3 hours in a town park let the kids burn off energy before getting back in the car. Can’t wait for grandkids to repeat the patterns. lol

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