Favorite Road Trip/Travel Items for Kids

by Melody on March 27, 2014

My favorite road trip necessity is a good long nap.  But in all seriousness.

In the spirit of the almighty Spring Break, I have been thinking about all the different things that our family uses to keep our kids happy in the car.  Whether it be a trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s (just about a good nap away) or a long trip across the state, I’ve found that there is no such thing as being too prepared when it comes to keeping kids entertained.



  • Munchkin Snack Catchers – We use these absolutely every single day, regardless if we are driving 5 minutes or 5 hours.  They are so amazing and prevent so many messes.  Worth every penny.
  • GoGo Squeez Applesauce Pouches – These are easy, fun and healthy snacks with virtually no mess.  You can order them off Amazon for as low as $.46 each or Costco sells them for around $.48/pouch.
  • Snack and Play Travel TrayProvides flat surface for playing or eating, buckles around kids, has 2 large pockets and folds flat.  Perfect for road trips!




  • Alex Toy Studio Car Valet – Fits on the back of the front seat and folds down for easy access to art supplies, coloring items and more.  Comes really highly rated!
  • Leapfrog Tag Reading System – We have 2 of these, one for each kid, and they are fantastic.  The boys could spend hours reading through the 4 or 5 different books we have, as each one has a story and multiple games included.
  • Leapfrog LeappadBoth my kids and Emilie’s kids have one of these and love it so much they fight over it. We have a few actual games for ours, but have also downloaded apps and games through the Leapfrog online interface.
  • Reading Light with Clip – These are fantastic for kids who are of reading age or if you are planning on traveling at night.


  • 9″x12″ Baking Sheet – Can be used to hold small toys, for coloring, racing cars, with magnetic letters or numbers and so much more.  Helps to avoid the “Mom I dropped it.  Mom I dropped it”.
  • Colored Pipe Cleaners – These can be found at just about any arts and crafts store or the dollar store.  We took a package of these to Disneyland and our 5-year old spent HOURS making shapes, designs and random blobs.  Honestly, they all just looked like random blobs.  But he was hugely entertained.

We are planning a trip to the Oregon Coast and this will be our first long trip with both boys.  We have a huge bag of snacks packed and extra water bottles.  I cleaned out the car (surprising how messy it can get!) and went through their toy/book tote we keep between them.  I replaced batteries where needed and added some fun new toys and coloring books.  I also picked up two new Crayola Color Wonder packets to give them something they have never seen before.

I’ve always been a fly by the seat of my pants packer, but this time I used this amazing Road Trip Pack List from Burlap & Denim.  While there are some items that don’t apply to us, the majority of them were super helpful.

For some fun activities and other ideas, check out my Traveling with the Little Dudes Pinterest board.

Please share your suggestions for traveling with kids, whether by plane or by car.  We’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

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