Road Trip Travel Hacks! How To Survive A Road Trip With Kids.

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!

Road trip travel hacks children in front of 60's diner

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!

Road Trip Travel Hacks

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.

Road trip travel hacks snack bags for kids

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.

Road trip travel hacks - make a magnetic letter 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!

SUV on a road trip

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 –





  1. May 31, 2019 / 8:37 am

    The magnetic boxes are a great idea and I love the snack caddy. I’ve been cautious about taking mine anywhere longer than an hour on my own but I feel armed with ideas now 🙂

    • June 7, 2019 / 1:13 pm

      So glad you found them helpful! I love the magnetic boxes, great for doubling up as storage too! x

  2. May 27, 2019 / 3:46 pm

    Hi Lara,
    Thank you for sharing these ideas. Indeed the list is never complete without a set of toys.
    Toys are fun and fun is important for a good road trip with the kids.
    I never forget to bring my son’s Dinosaur Travel tray on any trip.
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    • June 7, 2019 / 1:22 pm

      A dino travel tray sounds amazing!! x

    • June 7, 2019 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks Katie, glad you liked it x

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