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5 Tips to Have Fun Road Trips with Kids

Posted on December 15 2021

5 Tips to Have Fun Road Trips with Kids - iKids

Road trips are so much fun, but there are a few things you need to prepare for if you are hitting the road with kids for the first time. These 5 tips will help you have a happier road trip experience and avoid the dreaded “Are we there yet?” on repeat. These tips are easy to follow and they will guarantee a fun time on the road!

1. Prepare Crafty Activities

Arts and crafts activities are one of the easiest ways to keep your children busy for hours on end. Whether it’s folding origami, colouring in, making playdough sculptures, making friendship bracelets, and much more, you can be sure your child will be happy in the back seat. Consider this Mideer Color by Number Book where children can color in beautiful animal mosaics and this set of Mideer Washable Crayons!

Color by Number Book

2. Spend Quality Time with Them

If there’s one thing children always want is your attention. When they are stuck in a car for several hours, you can take the opportunity to spend some quality time with them. Join them in their arts and crafts activities, talk to them about where you’re going and answer their questions, play easy road games, play their favorite songs so you can sing together, and more.

3. Don’t Forget the Snacks

A road trip without snacks is no fun at all. Before you leave, take the time to pack simple, delicious, and healthy snacks that are not too messy. We recommend snacks such as apple slices, boiled eggs, sandwiches, dried fruits, etc.. And also pack drinks, try for a flavoured water or fruit juice instead of sugar filled fizzy drinks. If you decide to only eat junk food during the trip, it can lead to meltdowns, not only for kids but also for adults. Healthy, yummy snacks are the way to go!

Don’t Forget the Snacks



4. Plan for Breaks

The last thing you want to do is leave your rest stops up to chance. Research your route and plan for breaks in local diners, service stations, etc. This will tell you how long you have to wait between stops and you can also take the opportunity to engage in different activities, such as visiting museums, historic landmarks, towns, lakes, parks, and the like. It’s a good idea to plan these activities along the way because children have a lot of energy; the more they use it outside of the car, the more peaceful your trip will be.

5. Keep Your Kids Entertained

If you want to prevent the dreaded “Are we there yet?” on repeat, you need to keep your kids entertained. When arts and crafts activities get old, make sure you have other distraction methods ready to go. You can also discourage them from asking by giving your child a roll of coins at the beginning of the trip so they can purchase souvenirs and take a coin every time they ask the question.

6. Plan a Road Trip Soundtrack

Having fun songs to sing to in the car can provide hours of entertainment and excellent family bonding time. It does not have to be a 14 hour playlist of karaoke songs but a handful of sing-a-long-tunes wont go amiss in between the easy listing tunes you love to drive to.

Plan a Road Trip Soundtrack



Road trips are such a nice rite of passage and they don’t have to be stressful if you prepare accordingly! Follow these tips and you’ll have a positive experience.


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