Special Items for Roadtrips with Kids

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On a roadtrip, I’ll often leave a few items in the car (rather than lug them to the room) for emergencies.
  • Rain clothing and a large umbrella (if the weather is really bad, I’ll come back to the car and grab it)
  • A small cooler
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Snacks for the car ride and a small knife to cut fruit, open packages, etc.


  1. Yvonne on June 12, 2009 at 10:48 a.m.

    If you are going to be driving a long distance one way to keep your kids busy is bring a jelly roll pan. It can provide excellent play with some colorful magnets and it is a great surface to write on. My girls have used it to have marble races and play with paper dolls. A jelly roll pan has many possibilities and it's something everyone has at home.

  2. Debbie on June 12, 2009 at 10:52 a.m.

    @Yvonne - great tip!

  3. Mary Ann on March 23, 2011 at 12:02 a.m.

    Both car seats. We have one for each car, but when I am on an extended trip with my five year old, I put both car seats in the back. I know I like to shift around and adjust my seat position as the hours pass, but there is not so much wiggle room when riding in a car seat. We stop every two to three hours, so when we hop back in the car, she can pick. One is definitely preferred, but the choice is a good option for comfort. Sometimes, it’s her baby doll that wants to switch :-)

  4. Anna Thrasher on March 12, 2012 at 12:01 p.m.

    I always bring a cookie sheet , the small size(similar idea to Yvonne) It's easy to pack.It's great for magnets(because it has a lip the magnets don't fall to the floor as easily) , hard surface for coloring etc