Let’s be real for a moment. Traveling with kids can sometimes be a pain! In their defense, it isn’t their fault. They’re not used to being confined to sitting in their carseats for long hours at a time. We have gathered a list of essentials you need to make traveling with kids easier, not to mention keeping you sane.
Portable DVD Player or Tablet
Purchasing a portable DVD player may be the best investment of your life. All jokes aside, your kids can watch their favorite movies (on repeat if necessary) and will be totally content doing so. This could buy you at least an hour or more into your trip, and by then, someone will likely need a potty break.
If your kids have their own tablets or can use yours, download fun children’s games for them to play. Or, download the endless amounts of kids movies for them to watch on Netflix.
Bringing their favorite toy on the trip is a no-brainer. Your kids can play with their favorite toy for a good chunk of time.
These are so much fun for kids! You can make your own (thank you Pinterest!) or buy them from places like Walmart, Target, Barnes and Noble, or even Amazon. Kids especially enjoy the no-mess painting books. Another idea, pack their favorite coloring books and a handful of crayons.
Load up your phone with plenty of kids music, podcasts, or books to listen to! Music-hack: download their favorite cartoon/TV show theme song. This is sure to keep them happy! You can download children books via Audible or another service you may use already.
Favorite Blanket and Pillow
Packing their favorite blanket and pillow is just like their favorite toy. Your kids will likely fall asleep if they have the blanket and pillow they’re used to sleeping with already. This will also help to make them more comfortable in the car ride.
Snacks and Drinks
Bring plenty of snacks and drinks! Buying these from a gas station or convenience store can get expensive. Packing some you may already have at home, or buying them in bulk at the store can save you time and money!