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11 Road Trip Essentials When Traveling with Kids

Traveling with children is not for the faint of heart. However, it is for the adventurous! A road trip with kids is well worth the planning, packing, & preparation. It can be a great way to connect and spend quality time as a family. Being prepared with the right road trip essentials will insure things go smoothly. These 11 items are a must-have for those long hours ahead. Remember, don’t sweat the small stuff, take a breath, and live in the moment.


Snacks make everyone happy! This whole post could be entirely about snacks, but to keep on the topic, let’s just say, “Don’t forget the snacks.” Non-messy varieties in sealed non-spill containers and an assessable place will make your life much easier. 


Let’s face it, we need wipes as an adult. They are so convenient no matter where you are. They have become a staple with or without kids.

Activity Bag

Putting together the activity bag for a road trip is fun! There are many great ideas (again, full post) and travel products for this one. The three staples of an activity bag are games, books, and art supplies. There are tons of free printable games online if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on store-bought games. 

Travel Tray 

A travel tray makes it super easy to keep those games, art supplies, and books in an easily assessable place for the little ones when on a road trip with children. It also works as a great place to serve meals and snacks. 

Car Organizer 

The car organizer is for your sanity. It will give you a place to keep all the things.


There are several types of portable potties. Some of you might prefer an actual potty chair so you can pull over to the side of the road and allow children to have a comfortable seat. Some prefer to stop at a rest area or public bathroom to do business. Whatever you choose, there is a potty out there for you.

Trash Receptacle

Whether you use a fancy store-bought car trash receptacle or hang a plastic grocery bag for your trash, YOU WILL NEED something for trash. If you prefer to repurpose or reuse grocery bags, remember they do not hold liquid.

Wet Bag 

Accidents are sure to happen, whether potty-related or spill-related. A wet bag is a perfect accessory for those wet mishaps. It is a good idea to have several of these.

Reusable Zip Lock Bags

The choices are endless for zip lock bags these days. They come in all kinds of cute designs and colors. They are leak-proof and top-rack dishwasher safe, which makes them convenient. Because of their reusability, reusable zip lock bags are eco-friendly. 

Reusable Water Bottles

Reusable water bottles are convenient for the same reasons as reusable zip lock bags. They come in cute designs and colors, are leak-proof, and are top-rack dishwasher safe. Again, reusables are eco-friendly.

First Aid Kit

Everyone will tell you; that you need a first aid kit. Boo boos happen even if it’s just a leg cramp, band-aids help. Hopefully, you will not need anything larger than a band-aid from your kit. But it never hurts to be prepared. 

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