How to Make a Road Trip a Success with Kids

One of the worst things for parents to deal with is road trips with their kids screaming their heads off the entire time. My husband and I must be lucky people because our kids, for the most part, have always been great in the car. No screaming, very little fighting (they are siblings, after all) and they have never puked in the car. We did have a potty accident a couple times, but that was not that big of a deal. Instead, our kids always managed to keep each other occupied with things they brought in the car and different games they played together. One of their favorite was Travel Bingo!

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The best thing you can do, when you are going on a road trip, is make sure your kids have things to occupy them. I don’t know about you, but while I really didn’t like listening to Raffi, we did because the kids liked it and it made them happy. Happy kids equals happy parents! While toys, books, movies, etc will keep your kids occupied, you also need to have snacks. We’ve tried little individual bags or baggies of snacks, but those always seemed to make a huge mess. That’s when we though of their own little snap lid storage container!


The snap lids are easy enough for kids to take off, but if they can’t, then you can unsnap it for them and hand it to them. You can get containers that have different compartments, but we liked this one with the two compartments because we can put fruit on one side and pretzels or fish crackers on the other side! Sure spills can still happen, but we found that when our children were younger, spills happened far less often with a container like this than with baggies.


Besides having snacks and activities to keep your children occupied, you also have to have the right car. Let’s face it…when we test drive a car, we sit in the front seat. As a result, we have no idea what the backseat is like for the kids. Do they have enough leg room? Believe me, if they don’t, they will repeatedly kick the back of your seat the entire road trip. I’ve been there, done that! As I was looking at the East Hills Chevrolet of Roslyn webpage, I couldn’t help but drool over the awesome 2015 Camaro, but as pretty as that car is, that would NOT be kid friendly. I would have to imagine if my 6’2″ husband got in that car, he’d have to have the seat ALL the way back. No room for kids. So while that car is out, for at least the next 10 years, I did notice that under the New Car Specials, they had some really great deals! For instance, a Chevy Equinox LT for just $79 a month! Say what?!?

What are your tips for a successful road trip?

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