We love road trips! With a family of 7 it's hard and expensive to travel any other way. Flying has become pretty much impossible for us because of the cost, so instead we bought a BIG BLUE van and became road trippers! (You can see a pic of BIG BLUE here. A few years ago we took a road trip from Houston all the way to Niagara Falls, with several awesome stops along the way! That was definitely something!
I have found that planning and packing the right things makes for a much better road trip. So I came up with a list of essentials for every road trip. These are things we always take along, no matter what the destination.
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keeping it clean and safe
You'll want to make sure and be prepared for any yucky accidents during your road trip, especially when you're traveling with kids! Here's some things that will help keep your trip "clean and safe".
First Aid Kit
A First Aid Kit is an essential you don't want to go without. You can buy one that comes already packed with everything like the one in the picture or you can get a case like this cutie and make it yourself.
Tech and entertainment
In this day and age, we all have some electronics we always carry with us. These items can help us get from place to place and keep us entertained on road trips. Here's what you shouldn't forget!
Entertainment is key when you have kids onboard. These car edition games are must-haves to keep everyone happy and occupied. If you allow your kids to play on electronics then the Nintendo Switch is a perfect travel companion as it doesn't need wifi.
If you're on a road trip, there will definitely be times when radio stations don't work anymore. Make sure you have a great playlist you can play from your phone. Amazon Prime members get access to over 2 million songs! And you can try the service for free.
comfort and ease
Long road trips can be tough on your body. You want to make sure and be as comfortable as possible. Having these things will make it more comfortable and easier on you!
Small Day Bag
When we go on a road trip, I make everyone in the family pack one small bag with one change of clothes, pjs, and bathroom toiletries. If we're going somewhere warm we also add a bathing suit, or a light jacket if it will be chilly. Having a small bag means not having to take out your entire suitcase when you stop for a night in a hotel before reaching your final destination. This bag in the picture is amazing! I love mine.
I can't say enough about these packing cubes. We use them when we go on road trips and any other time we travel. They're awesome for cruises too! Each member of my family has a different color set. They make unpacking so easy when we get to our destination. You simply remove the cubes from your suitcase and that's it. It keep our hotel rooms cleaner and in order. The cubes are perfect for organizing your clothing by either like items or outfits.
Pack It Flat Toiletry Bag
These toiletry bags are amazing. They come in the same colors as the cubes so we all have our own color. So much fits in them and they pack nice and flat taking up little space in your day bag. Make sure to get travel size toiletries to make packing lighter!
I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS list of Products HELPFUL
That's it for my favorite must-haves for road trips. I hope you found this list helpful and are able to get some great gear for your next road trip.
Do you have an essential road trip item that I didn't mention? Tell me about it in the comments.
Happy Road Tripping!