5 Best Tips for Traveling With Kids


Travel season is right around the corner. For us, being a Military Family, that means a lot of car rides and sore butts.  With our average car ride being around 7 hours, at least 7 times a year, I have learned a thing or two. Here are my 5 Best Tips for Traveling With Kids!!5 Best Tips for traveling with kids. From Toddlers to Teenagers a long car ride can be boring. Check out how we keep the wiggles at bay, and even have some fun on our road trip!

       1.Timing Is Everything When Traveling With Kids

By this I don’t mean pick a time, I mean really look at when to leave. Find out if you will be hitting a major city at rush hour. It isn’t worth leaving at 6:00 AM if this causes you to be stuck in traffic for an hour because you hit St. Louis. However, I DO suggest leaving early. Even if the kiddos are excited they are more likely to stay calm and relaxed for the first leg of the trip. Take full advantage of this!

Sleepy=Quiet

       2. Manage the Munchies

If you are going a long distance you will have to pack snacks. However, this might be where I have learned the most from trial and error!! This is where my ‘reading every label’ days have really paid off! If you want to maintain some sort of sanity, avoid letting them pick up HoHo’s and Twinkies for the ride. Loading them with sugar, then expecting them to have an “inside voice” or sit still…not gonna happen.5 Best Tips for traveling with kids. From Toddlers to Teenagers a long car ride can be boring. Check out how we keep the wiggles at bay, and even have some fun on our road trip!Also, steer clear of artificial colors in food. There are many studies that link artificial colors to hyperactivity, you can check one out here.  Car ride and the wiggles don’t mix well.

       3. When You Are Traveling With Kids -Don’t Down the Drinks

The same rules as the munchies apply here. Stay away from loads of sugar, caffeine, and colors. Water. That is all my kids have in the car. We also keep the water in the front seat with the adults. If it’s sitting with us, we can control the liquid intake.  They get enough to stay hydrated, but they’re not downing a whole bottle in five minutes.

Less drinks=less bathroom breaks.

       4. Get Out for Lunch

This might just be the most important one of the tips for traveling with kids. Plan ahead and pack lunch. We usually do sandwiches, carrot sticks, and apples. Find a Rest Stop to have your lunch. Get Out of the car. Let them get out run around, play, be loud, & stretch! You too! Being stuck in a car all day gets exhausting for Everyone involved. This will give you all a chance to blow off some energy. Since they are right off the interstate. You won’t even loose much time. It will be well worth it when you can pile back in the car, and have some good quiet time again. ***Don’t forget to use the restrooms before getting back on the road!

       5. Keep them Busy

We have all heard this one. Yes, there are tablets & portable game systems… but those batteries can die. We also don’t like their faces in tablets the whole time. The boys are always in charge of packing up backpacks for the ride. They make sure to have at least one reading book, colors, coloring books, & a few action figures. We block off ‘quiet time’ during the ride.5 Best Tips for traveling with kids. From Toddlers to Teenagers a long car ride can be boring. Check out how we keep the wiggles at bay, and even have some fun on our road trip!Don’t make them too long, 15-20 mins that they pull out a book to read. I also always bring something New for the ride. A new coloring book or activity. It will hold their attention longer if it is new. Play Games! You can print out our Road Trip Activity Pack,  have a friendly round of Road Trip Bingo, play I spy, or even sing songs… (does anyone do that anymore??). Anything that gets the whole car interacting together. It can really help the time pass by.5 Best Tips for traveling with kids. From Toddlers to Teenagers a long car ride can be boring. Check out how we keep the wiggles at bay, and even have some fun on our road trip!

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Whether it is a 3-hour trip to visit Grandma or a 10-hour trip to the ocean. You don’t have to dread the car ride. With these tips for traveling with kids, it will be a bit more bearable, maybe even a little bit of fun!

Do you have younger ones in your car?

Check out these tips for Traveling with Toddlers!

Susie-Signature2 Kate's Sister Side NoteI’m bringing a timer on our next road trip.  15 minutes of quiet time sounds like an excellent plan!

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9 thoughts on “5 Best Tips for Traveling With Kids

    • Susie
      Susie Post author

      Thanks! Yes water up front works wonders, once they were out of diapers it only took one trip before we realized we needed to try something different.

  • Krystal Miller

    I actually encourage water intake, even though it means more potty stops. We’re all about hydration! I do limit sugar though. I don’t want any sugar rush crazies in my car!

    • Susie
      Susie Post author

      Anytime they ask we let them have water… we don’t want any dehydration happening either, out of site keeps it out of mine. If they are really thirsty we never tell them No to water 🙂

  • Ai

    Great tips! We’re going on a road trip soon! I share the same philosophy with limiting drinks because of all the bathroom breaks. I always thought I was being a mean mom, but I see I’m not alone in withholding beverages from the kiddies while in the car. 🙂

    • Susie
      Susie Post author

      It isn’t mean… when they are just sitting there all day it doesn’t take much water to keep them well hydrated. If they ever say they are thirsty we hand it over. Lots of the time it is a matter of out of sight out of mind.

  • T Austin

    All great tips! I always try to manage the drinks especially. Driving home through the prairies is always especially challenging. I love your road trip scavenger hunt! Lifesaver for sure.