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Going on a road trip with kids is a much cheaper way to travel with a family than flying. Thinking about the things you will need to do to prepare for your trip may seem overwhelming. Here are some simple tips that might make the road trip more enjoyable with the family.

Road Trip with Kids: Tips


Before you leave for your road trip with kids, make sure you have your route planned out. Open up navigation apps such as Google Maps or Apple Maps and plan the route you want to take ahead of time so you know how long you will be on the road. If there are different options for your road trip, it is better to take a route that is a little bit longer in travel time if that route has more places to eat, gas stations, and rest areas. You have to be ready for surprise bathroom breaks and hunger. Driving a route with more places to stop will allow for more breaks if they are needed.

Bring Entertainment

A road trip with kids can be stressful when your kids are being rowdy. When going on a long trip, make sure to pack a tablet, toys, and anything else that might entertain your kids while in the car. Bring their favorite stuffed animal or have their favorite show or movie loaded onto a tablet so they will be in a good mood and distracted for a good portion of the road trip.

Bring Snacks and Drinks

On a long road trip with kids, add their favorite snacks and drinks to your packing list. A small snack can help calm down hungry kids before the next stop. On shorter road trips, this might help reduce a stop and get the family to the destination quicker.

Add Some Fun Stops

Along the road trip route, have some places where you can stop and get out of the car. Some examples of places to stop while may be a special ice cream store or a famous landmark. These are places where the kids can stretch their legs and drain some energy before driving for a few more hours.

A road trip with kids does not have to be stressful. If you plan ahead of time, it may prevent some problems from happening.