This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SheSpeaks/Febreze. All opinions are my own.
As you know we love to travel! After a most unfortunate, but quite hilarious adventure of flying with kids, we have deemed road tripping it the only way to travel with kids, for now at least! But those long hours of being shut up in a small space with a lot of little kiddos can be testing to say the least. Here are 5 Must Haves for Successful Road Trips with Kids.
1) A happy attitude! The kids always want spending money on vacation. I have found a fun way to reward the kids and encourage a happy attitude. I give each child $5 per day on vacation, but they don’t receive it until the end of the day. Every time they display a poor attitude, fight with their siblings, or whine they lose $1! I tell you what they work hard to hang on to those dollars and the result? A very pleasant day of vacation. Win win right?
I have also found that it helps when I plan on things going wrong. I mean things always do go wrong! So expecting those bumps in the road, can ease the tension when they come.
2) Road Trip Games. Prepare a couple of games that will hold children’s attention for lengths of time. My kids love travel bingo, cards, DS games, and I spy. Thanks to Febreze for our new Road Trip game!
3) Books on Tape. We find traveling to be a great time to listen to literature together. It’s so much fun to be able to talk about the book as a family and share what we think about it.
4) Emergency Kit. Something always happens with kids. I learned this after one kid threw up all over the other one in the van on vacation. I like to have a bag with a couple of changes of clothes. I try to just pack a couple of sets that would work for everyone in an emergency even if it’s not the perfect size. Pack underwear and socks for everyone. Accidents happen in the most awkward of times. Recently one kid stepped ankle deep in mud. It was so nice to have socks and a change of clothes ready. Also, you can’t go wrong with a huge tub of wipes!
5) #FebrezeCar! Whether it’s sickness, dirty socks, a kid stepping in poop, a dirty diaper, or…just too much great Mexican food, road trips can be smelly.
Febreze Car clips are great! Just clip them to the air conditioner vent to eliminate those tough vehicle odors for over 30 days! Let’s leave the smelly car life in the dust! It’s time to ride in freshness. Find Febreze Car clips at your local Walmart. Happy travels y’all!
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Melinda C. says
Patricia C. says
plan to stop every few hours so that everyone can get out and have a break
Split up the driving. Stop for the night if you get tired
Heather Hayes Panjon says
My Road Trip Tip Is To Pack Entertainment Such As Games, Books And Toys For The Kids.
Soha MOlina says
My tip is to pack snacks.
Barbara Montag says
My best tip – take an impromptu road trip.
They’re the most fun!
Sarah B. says
Traveling from the West Coast to the East Coast with my husband before kids was our best road trip.I had never left California before so I had a lot to see and experience!
Stock the ipod with good music and bring lots of games
Pack games and snacks, you will be thankful you did.
Kim D. says
Bring lots of snacks
Lisa Brown says
set your route, plan to stop, take snacks and other things you may require.
My tip is to bring water bottles and first aid kit
Karen Glatt says
Bring snacks, water and other drinks, and plenty of video games to play!
Elle P. says
My best tip is to bring a cooler with food/drinks & a first aid kit.
Mary Happymommy says
Don’t forget to pack a change of clothes in case someone gets sick in the car.
i pack snacks
Janet W. says
My best road trip tip is to have a cooler in the back seat with cold waters and mess-free snacks.
Sarah Hayes says
pack snacks and water so you dont have to stop as much
shelly peterson says
Pack plenty of snacks and drinks and if you have kids things to keep them entertained.
Allison Downes says
My tip is to have a lot of water and snacks packed.
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Jessica To says
My best tip is to bring activities and snacks for the kids.
My best tip is to bring plenty of games and coloring books to entertain the kids.
Stephanie Curtis says
Bring lots of things for the kids to do & lots of snacks so you don’t hear “I’m hungry” every time you pass a place that sells food!
Amanda Sakovitz says
Bring lots of snacks and good music!
James Robert says
Keep the kids happy and bring them lots to keep them occupied
Margaret Smith says
Make frequent stops to stretch out, bring snacks and water.
Look up trip games on the internet before starting out.
Ann Fantom says
My road trip tip is to pack plenty of snacks and drinks to save time and money.
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Susan Christy says
Turn off the electronics, crank up the tunes, take in the scenery!
Linda F. says
Make sure to bring plenty of water and food and clothing options in case you get cold/hot.
lorri langmaid says
lots of snacks and games to play
Cynthia C says
My tip is to pack an activity bag for each kid based on their interests.
Tari Lawson says
My best road trip tip is to bring along snacks and drinks so you don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to eat.
Amy Pratt says
Always close the back hatch before you drive off. One time we took off on vacation with the back open wide.
Always pack snacks and a trash bag!
Adrienne gordon says
Always bring some little baggies for trash
Sandy Klocinski says
Add 2 hours cushion on your travel time. Even if you already plan a stop or plan to drive for certain hours, sometimes unexpected things can happen.
Crystal F says
Just make sure you have things to keep the kids occupied. Bring games, electronics and snacks to keep them busy for the trip. Thank you!!
Bring lot’s of snacks and great tunes
Tracy Melhinch says
My best tip is to make sure you have plenty of drinks and snacks. We always bring a cooler with us, so the drinks and food such as fruit stays cold.
Stephanie Galbriath says
Make sure you have cash, and goodies, and something to occupy the children.
Don’t over plan and don’t have a rigid schedule. It will just add to everyone’s frustration.
Alan Saxon says
Pack plenty of snacks.
Suzanne K says
make sure your car is in tip-top shape so nothing will happen in that area!
Sara Sullivan says
Audiobooks – We always find books that both the kids and adults will love. On our last road trip we listened to Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Debbi Wellenstein says
If you travel with little children, plan for frequent potty breaks, and breaks just to run around and burn off some energy.
trisha kilpatrick says
Don’t be afraid to cancel a road trip due to weather or illness. Trying to power through never works out well for me.
Use a checklist to make sure you have everything you will need.
in December I was with my husband in road trip ,from Michigan to Florida
Rebecca Graham says
Use a GPS, take snacks, and books and tablets.
sasha payne says
make goodie bags
Meghan Malicoat says
Make sure the kids have plenty of entertainment and snacks or it will be a miserable ride, lol.
Brittney House says
Bring plenty of snacks and things to keep you busy.
Bring plenty of snacks to keep the kids happy on the trip.
My best road trip tip is to have lots of activities to keep the kids occupied. Thanks for the giveaway!
Kristi C says
Pack a small cooler with drinks and snacks and stop every hour so that everyone can get out of the car for a bit.
Kimberly Hilbert says
My best tip is to bring plenty of snacks and not worry about the time. Otherwise, you’ll just be in for disappointments.
tina reynolds says
Plan out lots of stops with kiddos
Erica B. says
Have a lot of snacks available.
Bring hard candy!!
Daniel M says
always have extra cash for those wonderful emergencies that life always throws at you constantly
Michelle W says
Bring music – sometimes local radio stations are horrible
Lisa V. says
I always like to have coffee and snacks.
rich m says
Pack snacks in the car and realize you will have to stop..don’t forget to leave extra time
Ashley C says
Take lots of snacks and drinks with you
Mendy Dinsmore says
Pack a cooler with cold soda.
Anastasia Falling says
Take plenty of breaks and pull over to nap if you get tired 🙂 Have fun with the travel, not just the destination 🙂
always be prepared for a breakdown
GALENA PENROD says
relax an take time to enjoy all
Jennifer B says
If possible with small kids travel at night when they sleep
Take plenty of breaks! I once took a trip way too long without breaks and it was miserable.
Aaron Shapiro says
Bring headphones and books. Also food that you don’t have to share.
Linda Lansford says
Best tip is to plan ahead. Try to keep things from being hectic
Erica Barnes says
Bring lots of snacks and water.
Amanda Kinder says
Always make a full list of everything you need to pack. You don’t want to miss anything.
When taking a road trip, I like to make sure to have an emergency kit, a bunch of wet ones, and plenty of snacks/drinks. We take low noise games and books too.
Ben King says
Bring lots of healthy snacks, and avoid the drive-thru by hitting up supermarket delis or carside to-go from restaurants with better options.
Robby Rob says
lots of good tunes, good company, and quality road food along the way
Ed Nemmers says
The Road to Hana!
To have fun games to play. Road trips can create such great memories.
My best tip is to be flexible and have fun.
Chrystal D says
Check the air in your tires, your fluids and make sure you have an emergency road kit with you.
Bring plenty of drinks and snacks.
Danielle Lima says
I always make sure to have a good selection of music for my car.
Susan Smith says
Take lots of snacks,drinks and books with you
xty cruz says
My best road trip tip would be to always have an emergency pack that includes a first aid
have a lot of music
Serena Powell says
Always bring Dramamine.
Have plenty of water, snacks, and coloring books!
Jacquelyn Cannon says
I like to go sightseeing when traveling on my road trip to Atlanta.
Stephanie Larison says
Take lots of snacks! Those vending machines are so expensive.
Jennifer R says
My best road trip tip is to bring lots of movies for the kids to watch so the vehicle stays peaceful.
Holly G. says
Have a tote full of car-friendly toys and books to hand out during the trip. It’s a lifesaver!
Angela Cisco says
Give yourself enough time
lauren n says
Have a plan and lots of snacks.
I like to have plenty of snacks.
Ellie Wright says
Bring activities and snacks for little ones.
Tracey byram says
Pack each child a bag with snacks, drinks, games and toys
Nellie Curry says
Have plenty of bags and paper towels ready for car sickness LOL
Jessica Rose says
The best tip I can’t think of is to pack a few snacks! That way you don’t have to stop or spend a lot of money on food.
Cassidy B says
Plan thoroughly beforehand what you’re going to do in the car to help past time
Plan for plenty of stops, especially when traveling with children. Letting them get out to run around certainly eases the cooped-in feeling of being in the car.
Make sure that your car is prepped – full tank of gas , great tires, etc.
Melanie Montgomery says
We bring lots of snacks and look for fun stops along the way
I always like to have soda and snacks.
krystal wethington says
bring plenty of water and snack and of course road trip music.
Tracy Pryor says
Plan for lots of stops and fun activities along the way.
Francine Anchondo says
Have snacks and make sure to pull over when tired.
Tammy Arnold says
Always bring a cooler and snax and a box of handiwipes.
Ellie Wofford says
Each child gets a backpack of toys/etc that I pack over a week before the trip if possible. Then the toys feel new & they get a lot more play time out of it!
heather s says
Road trip to Disney in Florida
Seyma Shabbir says
Be sure to stop when you are tired. Never drive when you are exhausted!
Pull over to eat and the parents can eat while the kids play. Then get the kids food to go. That way they can burn off energy.
Vicki D. says
The best advice I have is to do as much driving in the day as possible. Night time poses so many risks.
Julie Hawkins says
My tip is try to relax and enjoy the trip as much as the destination
Tammy Woodall says
My best road tip is to have plenty of water, an emergency road kit, and a blanket in your trunk while traveling.
Jennifer Herman says
My tips is to bring snacks.
Rest up all you can before the trip,take lots of snacks, books, games toys, etc and an emergency kit! Kids get bored easily, so making frequent or interesting stops along the way makes the trip better for everyone on the trip!
My best road trip tip is to allow yourself time to stop for an unexpected find, a break just to get out and stretch and take in the beauty of the place your visiting.
Susan Climan says
Bring plenty of snacks, water and music.
Bryce Verlinden says
I would definitely say to just have fun. Bring music to jam out to, and then a pillow for when its time to sleep!
Carolyn Daley says
Be prepared. It is always nice to have an emergency roadside and first aid kit, bottles of water, and snacks. If you are going on a long road trip, I suggest getting an External Powerbank Battery Charger.
Laurie Emerson says
My best road tip is before you start on your trip plan out how many hours you are going to travel each day. If you stop early each night you feel rested and ready to hit the road again.
kelly g says
stop and stretch your legs every few hours
Angela W says
Have snacks and games planned
Michelle Levine says
I really enjoyed driving down the coast of CA
KARI BENESH says
I always keep sunscreen and bug spray in the trunk!
Michelle Levine says
Oh my tip for a road trip is to make sure you have a fully charged cell battery just in case of an emergency.
Jake B says
Always pack snack foods, it will save you money.
Erika Matthews says
Always have snacks *dried fruit, granola bars, trail mix, fruit leather*, water, emergency kit and games on hand. And portable chargers for devices.
John Herman says
Bring a map with you in case you get lost.
3 weeks driving from WI to UT with my husband was the best road trip every! We had so much fun together 🙂 Zion National Park was the highlight!
Amy Deeter says
always take plenty of snack and drinks with you and stuff to keep the kids busy
Buddy Garrett says
My best tip is take plenty of breaks and plan your trip wisely so you don’t have to rush.
Plenty of water and snacks, as well as wet wipes!
Bryan E. says
Thank You for the giveaway… get the kids involved, use paper maps…teach them how to use a map!
Jerry Marquardt says
Make sure you check the oil and tire pressure to be certain you are ready to leave without incident.
Thomas Murphy says
Bring lots of snacks.
steve weber says
make sure you have toll money and lots of good music.
Jessica Rogers says
My best road trip tip is be prepared for anything. Take a blanket,pillow, food, water, car emergency kit, etc. You never know what you could encounter on the open road so always leave prepared!
Lily Kwan says
My tip is bring plenty of snacks.