How to Plan a Road Trip with Kids

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If you follow on Instagram Stories, you know the kids and I took a pretty epic road trip down to Daytona.  I get questions ALL the time how I can travel with two kids for so long in the car.  Let me tell you, it’s not easy, but I plan a road trip out ahead of time and make sure we have a good time.  Here is

How to Plan a Road Trip with Your Kids
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  • Plan stops ahead of time.  With two young children this will change, but try and find a Chick-fil-a or something on the way that has a playground for the kids to run some energy out.
  • Leave early in the morning.  That way the kids can sleep for a bit.
  • Stock up on great movies and apps on the ipad.  I know, i know the screen time is the devil but it’s necessary for road trips.
  • Busy books and activities from the Target dollar section.  I keep a bag of toys and busy activities for the kids right behind my center console so they’re easy to grab and pass out.
  • Snacks and drinks GALORE.  My snack and cooler bag are right next to the activity bag behind the console.  Let me reitirate how important it is to organize your car so things are easy to access.
  • If you have a baby, have wipes in the car and in the diaper bag, as well as lots of extra diapers.  You never know when a blowout will happen!
  • Fun songs and podcasts loaded on your phone.  I load at least 2 hours of songs and podcasts before we take off, just in case the kids get bored of EVERYTHIN else.  You can never be too prepared.
  • Most importantly – get the car checked before you go!

How to Plan a Road Trip with Kids by Atlanta mom blogger Happily Hughes

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How to Plan a Road Trip with Kids by Atlanta mom blogger Happily Hughes

4 thoughts on “How to Plan a Road Trip with Kids

  1. Shibani

    What a handy list you’ve provided here. Although we usually at least one of the things, it is nice to have a checklist. Although I don’t have kids, but I’m the list will be useful for future.

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  2. Perla Jacobs

    These kids look very happy indeed, so your pieces of advice must work. 🙂 I traveled two years ago with a family who had an 8 months old kid and what works to keep him happy was some funny songs he would listen to while in the car.

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  3. Debbie Savage

    Such great ideas! We need this for our next road trip! Kids these days are so lucky with so many different options and parents who care! LOL! It wasn’t the case for me growing up. 🙂

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  4. Carly

    This is a great post! My husband and I recently drove 9 hours from our home to New York with our then 2.5 yr old son. We’ll be doing another 9 hr road trip come October with our son who will be 3 as well as our second son who will be 2.5 months old! We used many of the same ideas you gave and they all worked fantastic! My only concern now is how to travel with such a young infant! :/ Fingers crossed!!

    Carly http://www.frecklesandcheeks.com

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