3 Essential Strategies for Enjoying a Road Trip with Kids

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Last updated: 5 January 2020


Road trips are fun and can provide an amazing bonding time for you and your family. However, the kids do end up getting bored and agitated after a few hours of being in the car and then the “Are we there yet?” starts being asked every few minutes. So I have compiled this blog post in an attempt to help you guys out with a few ideas of what you can do to prevent the “Are we there yets?” or at least postpone them until you are actually really near your destination. This blog post is appropriate if you are travelling with young kids.

Strategy # 1:

Prepare a few activities that you can give your kids to do while you are on the road trip. Examples of quick and easy activities:

  • Melissa and Doug water wow painting books.
  • Use empty toilet rolls to make binoculars for the kids, or better yet get them to make it as an activity. Attach strings to it so that it can hang around their necks and prevents it from falling when in the car.
  • Create a page at home of any familiar objects or signs that you are most likely to see on the road trip (Examples include birds, signs of garages, white cars etc.). You can use google to help you create this page or alternatively you can download our free printable of this activity. Put this page into a plastic sleeve with a dry erase marker. Then when on the road trip the kids can use their binoculars to look for those signs that are on the page and mark it off with their dry erase markers.
    You can use these binoculars to play normal “I spy with my little eye” with your kids as well.
  • Carry a few random toys that your kids haven’t played with in a while or you can buy a few small new toys depending on their ages and interests. Seeing something new will thrill them and should keep them busy for a while.
  • Carry some crayons or coloured pencils and a small book for each of your kids and get them to try and draw what they see (like a travel journal). They can use this throughout their trip.

I used to make the mistake of packing all of the activities into their individual backpacks and giving it to them. BIG mistake! The contents of the backpacks would be emptied within the first half an hour and then my kids were bored. I still pack things into their individual backpacks but I keep it with me in the car and give them something from it as and when I see it’s needed. Download free printable here.

Strategy #2:

Pack snacks. Healthy snacks with a few treats are my go to snacks for my kids. If its a messy snack like yoghurt then wait till you at a garage and your kids can come out of the car and eat that. Ideas of snacks to carry with are:

  • Cut up veg sticks (carrots, cucumbers)
  • Dips to go with the veg (hummus, hummus mixed with avocado, cream cheese)
  • Fruits. Apples can be cut up and soaked in salt water for about 5 minutes, it will never go brown after that. I take a mixture of peanut or almond butter, cocoa and honey as a dip for the apples. This dip has an amazing chocolate taste and we all love it. I also carry some extra nut butter so my kids can dip whatever fruit they want into it.
  • Bananas are also a good fruit option to carry with.

Strategy # 3:

Download a road trip playlist. Depending on the ages and preferences of the kids. Include a few things that each of them would like. Our playlists consists of a few surahs that the kids are currently learning, some nursery rhymes, a few of their favourite nazms, some new nazms that they have never heard before and finally some lovely calming thikrs.

Download: Free Road Trip Printable Logo Game


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