You may have missed our travel update on the blog, but if you’ve been following me over on my Instagram, or even on my YouTube channel, you’ll know that we have recently been on a road trip with our 2 young son’s up and down the Californian coastline. It was our 5th road trip so we’ve gained quite a lot of experience over the years as to how to survive a road trip with kids and lots of travel hacks to make it all easier for everyone involved!
Today I’ve posted a video sharing 20 road trip hacks so I thought it was probably a good idea to share them over here on the blog!
Snacks – lots of them!! This helps with boredom too, plus make sure you have lots of spare water in case you get stuck in traffic anywhere.
Time your long journeys with naps if possible, or at least when your children would normally be tired.
Playlist – get the music pumping and the Disney hits flowing! We use Spotify for our playlists.
Magnetic play tins – we used alphabet magnets but you could even make a LEGO activity tin.
Activity Bags – I make these for plane and ferry journeys and the boys love getting out something each hour of the trip to entertain them – I get inexpensive things from Home Bargains, you can watch a video here on what I put in ours.
Car mount for phone/tablet
burn off as much steam as possible before your journey
Wet Wipes – always have them handy!
Have a secret tin of little toys to surprise them with; it’s always good to have some fun road trip activities for kids planned for when your journey takes longer than you expected.
Jump out of the car and see what you can find nearby – there’s usually something you can explore
Get a larger car for all the bags you gather along the way!
Use a cleaning caddy box for food and drinks containers – image credit Pinterest
Use craft boxes for snacks – some great ideas on Pinterest for these.
Bring home comforts – pillows and teddies.
Pack a picnic so you don’t have to stop so often and spend lots of money.
Gather breakfast items for the times you don’t have breakfast early on – stop hanger!
Pack a first aid kit.
For more tips pop over to the video!
More family road trip videos
Our family Travel videos –
Packing tips – pack with me –