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Helpful items for a Road Trip with Kids

Long hours in the car is tough for little ones with short attention spans. Here are 11 items you should always pack for a road trip.

  • Frisbee – Great for some quick exercise when making a stop. A clean Frisbee also makes a great plate when eating fast food in the car.
  • Plastic boxes – One for each child, to hold their supplies – the lid makes a great desk or a table top for food.
  • Clean water – Several bottles of water work best for drinking, a quick wash up, cleaning a scrape and so on.
  • Lightweight blanket – Small child’s blanket for cuddling with at nap time. Also great for a chilly restaurant.
  • Paper towels – Keep a roll in the car – use a large rubber band to keep it from unraveling. A must have for quick clean ups.
  • Snacks – Saltines, goldfish crackers – any kind of lightly salted dry cracker. Hard candy, such as life savers or tick tacks.
  • Compass – Fun for the kids if they want to help navigate.
  • Trash bags – for storing laundry, wet items or just for trash.
  • Book lights – or small flash lights for night-time trips.
  • Car Games– a listing of easy games to play in the car, including some printable games to bring with.
  • Vacation Memories – a fun way for kids to write about the places they stopped at during their vacation.
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About Theresa Johnston

Activities For Kids has been an on-going passion of mine since 1998. I'm a long-time Orlando resident and huge Disney Fan! Prior guide for and current editor for I hope you enjoy the crafts, recipes and ideas that you find here.


  1. Thank you for these tips! They are very useful!


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