40 Things To Pack For a Road Trip With Kids

As our family road trip approached, I was obsessed with making sure I packed everything — everything — we could possibly need for our six-day adventure on the road. I was determined not to miss anything. And I am happy to report that I did a fantastic job. (Yes, a pat on my back.) I was ready for every scenario, and the best part is that we used almost everything I brought too. So I packed for every occasion without crazy over packing.

40 Things To Pack For a Road Trip With Kids
Of course we packed all of the necessities like clothes, toiletries, etc., but this post is about the extras we needed to make this trip awesome. Packing for my girls (ages 7 and 3) priorities included snacks and entertainment. Here’s how I made our trip work.

Road Trip Entertainment

The name of the game is to keep my kids entertained. I wasn’t too worried about my seven-year-old bookworm. I knew she would be happy with a stack of books and her Kindle. But baby sister would be a challenge. To make activities accessible, I loaded up a tote to place between their car seats filled with easy car activities. I also packed a small bag near me with surprises to be doled out as needed. Other than wanting to change activities every five minutes Sissy did great, and my well-planned bag of goodies was just the right entertainment for the road.

Printable License Plate Game

Road Trip Snacks

In addition to keeping them entertained, it is important to keep everyone feed. I packed a lot of snacks. While we didn’t finish everything, we did sample everything. Individual portions are important on the road. So I brought plastic zip-top bags. Each night, I filled the plastic bags from large bags of snacks. The large bags stayed in the back of the car, while the small packs sat up front where I could pass them out as needed. 

Road Trip Snacks
A note about drinks. I felt like a terrible mom limiting water intake while traveling, but mom’s gotta do it or we will stop every 30 minutes. But keeping insulated bottles (that won’t spill) on hand is a lifesaver. With insulated bottles kids (and adults) have cold water all day. Just fill with hotel ice at night and refill with bottled water as needed.  

Road Trip Comfort

Keep everyone comfortable and happy with these must-have supplies. 

  • Small blankets 
  • First Aid Kit – bandages, pain relievers, tummy meds, etc.
  • Towels
  • Sharpie
  • Sunglasses for everyone
  • Change of clothes in a go bag for emergencies
  • Plastic grocery bags for wet/dirty clothes
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Lip balm 
  • Sunscreen
  • Foldable Potty Seat
  • Flip flops (easy to slip on and off at pit stops)
  • Kleenex
  • Extra plastic bags (snack and gallon)
  • Scissors (you never know!)
  • Paper Maps (for when GPS doesn’t work, trust me)

Gem Mine Treasures
Packing for a road trip is all about planning ahead and organization. Plastic zip-top bags help me stay organized on the road and helped me keep everyone happy with their favorite General Mills snacks. Many of our favorite snacks at home and on the road are General Mills products, which help us support my daughter’s school with Box Tops for Education 

Box Tops for Education is one of America’s largest school earnings loyalty programs, and those $.10 labels add up. Yesterday I shared how my family collects Box Tops for Education and more about the program that earned my daughter’s school more than $1,500 last year to spend anyway it needed. 

Bonus Box Tops at Walmart

For the back-to-school season, you can find Bonus Box Tops at Walmart. Specially-marked packages of General Mills products at Walmart include a certificate for four bonus Box Tops, making those packages worth $.50 for your school. I picked up one of those bonus packages at Walmart — a giant box of Honey Nut Cheerios with 5 Box Tops. 

Bonus Box Tops at Walmart
If you are headed out on a road trip this summer, be sure to stock up on General Mills snacks to keep your family feed and happy on the road while supporting your school.

Happy road trippin’!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Comments

  1. Only 40? I swear it seems like my girls pack their entire wardrobe, everything in their bathroom and half of the toys in their play room!

  2. That license plate game is one of my all time favorite road trip games! Of course “when I was that age, we had to make our own license plate list” haha 🙂

  3. Tabitha Hidalgo says:

    Each of the kids has a basket (homemade, crocheted from plastic bags), they fill it up with toys they want to play with. Usually I make sure there’s nothing that’s going to be too annoying in the bags before I allow them in the car lol. Depending on the road trip, I’ll pack a color book or two from dollar tree and crayons in a soap container-which they only get if they get bored… Other than that, they find ways to entertain themselves and each other and sing along with the songs on the radio.

  4. Thanks for this post! Could you tell me where your basket for in between the girls is from?

    • Hi Audrey – The basket is a 31 Gifts Square Utility tote. I am not 100% sure if they still make this size/shape as I don’t see them on the website. But I did see some on eBay. It is the PERFECT size for between the seats.

  5. I seriously thought I was the only person left on the planet who still carried a paper map in case the GPS failed:) Glad to know I’m not!

    • Oh my we learned our lesson in the mountains. We got seriously lost for about an hour with no signal. NEVER again, a paper map is a must!!! 🙂

  6. Great list! I would also add that a small travel pillow is a must for us on road trips. My son uses it when he decides to take a nap, but also when he wants to relax while watching a movie. It also works great to provide some extra lumbar support for a stiff adult back.

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