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Hit the road and have some fun with these great road trip activities and ideas.
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We are the biggest wimps when it comes to road trips. The farthest we’ve ever gone from home with our kid is three hours away, and she’s seven and a half.
It just seems like a lot of hassle. Trying to keep her entertained and happy through the hours, not wanting to resort to device time for hours on end, worrying that she’ll get sick or we’ll have to stop for bathroom breaks every 50 miles.
Well, this is the year we get over our fear of road trips. We have two — one about five hours and one more than twice that — planned for the next six weeks.
I know she’ll be fine. I’d probably been on a dozen or more eight-hour rides by her age, and I know I care more about making her comfortable and happy than I probably should. But these great road trip activities are sure to help, too.
Road Trip Activities
Printable Road Trip Scavenger Hunt — Schooling a Monkey
Road Trip Drawing Prompts — Picklebums
10 Free Printable Travel Games — Faith Filled Food for Moms
Road Trip Activity Pack — Tot Schooling (great for toddlers/preschoolers)
Free Printable Road Trip Activities — KC Edventures (they also have an in-depth look at the license plate game)
Activities to do at Stoplights with Toddlers — Muchkins and Moms
Make it Yourself
Are We There Yet Map Game — Growing Book by Book
DIY Busy Tray — Non-Toy Gifts
Lego Travel Box — Sunshine and Hurricanes
Make Your Own Audiobook Collection — Bambini Travel
Travel-Sized I-Spy Bottle — Bambini Travel
Yellow Car Busy Bag — Adventures and Play
Things to Buy
Road Trip Busy Box Ideas — Non-Toy Gifts
Kids Travel Binder Printable Pack — Happy Homeschool Nest
Screen-Free Travel Ideas — There’s Just One Mommy
Activities to Keep Kids Busy on Trips — Bambini Travel
Music for Family Road Trips — Bambini Travel
Activity Books to Celebrate Spring — Our Daily Craft
What I’m Planning
I intend to print out a lot of the printables listed above (especially some scavenger hunts and the picture prompts!), throw in some activity books and actual books, materials for coloring (and maybe some stickers), clay and Wikki Stixs.
Because we only have one kid, I’m loading up a Thirty-One tote with a bunch of stuff and putting it on the seat beside her. Easy peasy, and not so big I can’t move it somewhere else if she needs me to be in the back seat with her.
Do you have any road trip activities your family loves? I definitely need all your tips.
These are great ideas!