When we head out on a road trip, I inevitably overpack (especially with food!). Driving isn’t like flying, I don’t have to be as choosy about what I bring, which is both good and bad… I have gotten better over the years about figuring out what we actually end up using on our trip and what stuff I don’t necessarily need to bring along. Here I have compiled a list of top 10 road trip packing tips for families in hopes that my road trip packing experience will help someone else. These are things I consider essentials when traveling with kids on a road trip….
Road Trip Travel Tips
Family podcasts are something we hadn’t explored much before this last road trip we made to Washington. I thought it may be a good way to mix things up between audiobooks and music so I researched some options before we left. The following are the ones we ended up enjoying….
Long road trips require lots of activities that will help pass time. We don’t want our kids watching movies the whole time so we have tried many different audiobooks over the course of the last few years. We’ve found that with audiobooks, the voice of the narrator makes a huge difference in whether or not we really enjoy listening. It could be an awesome book, but if the narrator has a boring or irritating voice, forget about it, my kids (and us parents) will lose interest. Following are some of the best audiobooks for family road trips….
We inevitably have a lot of long days in the car on our trips and we don’t like our kids to be on the iPad or watching movies the entire time. Over the years we have found quite a few other activities to keep them (and us) entertained and occupied on those long days.
Here’s our list of 12 non-technology road trip activities for kids….
Adventures come in many types, and while we have taken trips to Colorado (Rocky Mountain NP and Denver), California (San Francisco and Muir Woods), Florida (Disney!), Chicago, and our own beautiful North Shore (Grand Marais, Duluth, and Larsmont MN), our first big adventure took place in the summer of 2015. We set out for a 2 week journey that began with an overnight stay at the Element Hotel in Fargo, ND.