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 overpacking.
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.
- Crayola Wonder
- Printable License Plate game
- Printable Road Signs game
- Small dolls
- Flash cards
- Stuffed animal
- Mad Libs on the Road
- Handheld electronics
- Plastic bags for collecting treasures
- Wiki Stix
- Crayons/colored pencils
- Coloring books
- Window markers
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.
- Individual portions of snacks in plastic bags
- Best insulated bottles for kids <- my favorite brand
- Best insulated bottles for parents <- my favorite brand
- Bottled water (for refilling insulated bottles)
- Baby wipes (for sticky fingers)
- Wet Wipes (for germy fingers)
- Go Picnic (for lunch on the go)
- Plastic cups (not for drinking, for passing snacks)
- Plastic grocery bags for trash
- Picnic blanket
Road Trip Comfort
Keep everyone comfortable and happy with these must-have supplies.
- Small blankets
- First Aid Kit – bandages, pain relievers, tummy meds, etc.
- Sunglasses for everyone
- Change of clothes in a go bag for emergencies
- Plastic grocery bags for wet/dirty clothes
- Roll of paper towels
- Hand soap sheets
- Lip balm
- Foldable Potty Seat
- Flip flops (easy to slip on and off at pit stops)
- Extra plastic bags (snack and gallon)
- Scissors (you never know!)
- Paper Maps (for when GPS doesn’t work, trust me)
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.
Happy road trippin’!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills.