The kids have taken just a handful of road trips with us- to Nebraska to visit my family, to Missouri for Brandon’s moms wedding, and we often head north to shop or meet up with friends. As a kid, we took a LOT of road trips, specifically from our home in Nebraska to Albuquerque where my grandparents were, and from Nebraska to Illinois after we moved. We are making plans for another road trip at the end of this month! We will be headed back to Nebraska for my uncle’s wedding. I can’t wait to see my cousin and her twin girls! With my kiddos and my sweet nephew in tow, its going to be quite the journey to Nebraska, so here are a few of my tips for doing road trips with kids.
This can’t be stressed enough, especially with kids! Remain flexible! Kids can be unpredictable, so be able to leave some wiggle room for bathroom breaks and other quick stops. Road trips can be a great way to make memories but not if the adults in charge are losing their minds.
Plan some stops.
When I was a kid and we drove back and forth from Illinois to Nebraska and back, we always stopped at a few certain places– the Trolli gummy factory store and The Outlet mall, and we knew where the “good” rest stops were. It helps to break your trip down into small sections and plan a place to eat, get out and stretch, and let the kids get some energy out.
With kids, this is maybe the most important thing about road trips– the snacks! My kids are constantly hungry no matter where we are, so it only makes sense to pack snacks when we go in the car. My pick for our upcoming trip? Goldfish crackers! Brock loves them, as well as my kids, and they are the perfect portable size for trips. I buy the resealable bags, and when it’s just my two in the car, I put the bag in between their seats. It’s the perfect snack solution!
Even better is that Goldfish crackers are baked with real cheese and with no artificial flavors or preservatives. It’s a snack I can feel good about giving to my kids, and it’s one that they love! I hope they get a love of road trips like I did as a kid, and that they will always relate Goldfish crackers to our adventures!
What are your road trip essentials?