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37 Must-Try Ideas for TRAVELING WITH KIDS!!

Road trip season is upon us and although the destination will be fantastic, the loooong drive there isn’t always so…um, perfect.  We are headed to a few places this summer and even though we have a DVD player, even that gets boring after 3 consecutive movies!  (Ask me how I know……ha! ;) )  My kids are all different ages (9, 7, 5, and almost 2) but they all need stimulation in different ways while sitting on those little bums hour after hour.  So, I’ve been looking for and collecting different ideas to help entertain them, but also to keep everyone comfortable throughout the duration of the trip!  And you guys, if you have any children at all…..I have found some AWESOME ideas that maybe you’ll be excited about too!  I can’t wait to start gathering supplies and tools and get going on this trip.  Because suddenly 5-6 total days of driving in a car doesn’t sound so overwhelming!

Want to see what I’ve found??? Hopefully they’ll help you with your summer travels with kids too! :)

Here are 37 Must-Try Ideas For Traveling With Kids!


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Kids Travel Kit Binder via Living Well Mom


Velcro Building Sticks via Powerful Mothering


Bucket Pulley System via Kids Activities Blog


DIY Travel Activity Book via Mama Papa Bubba


Lego Travel Case via Amazon


Stick Art Kit with Free Printables via HowDoesShe


U.S. Road Trip Atlas and Activity Book via Amazon


No-Sew Zipper Cases via Make It and Love It


Reacher Grabber Hand (for passing snacks/toys back to kids!) via Amazon


Finger Puppet FREE Printables via Easy Peasy and Fun


Travel Toy and Activity Kit via Amazon


Classic Barrel Lanyards via So, I Make Stuff


Mini Condiment Containers (for storing extra pacifiers for baby) via Amazon


DIY I Spy Bottle via Meet the Dubiens


Snack and Play Travel Tray via Amazon



Upcycled Snack Containers via Mrs Happy Homemaker


Travel Bingo via Simple as That


Travel Neck Pillow via Amazon

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Road Trip Binder for Kids via Gluesticks


Backseat Car Organizer via Amazon


Printable Sewing Cards via Kids Activities Blog


Portable Child Potty/Urinal (…for those emergencies while traveling or camping!) via Amazon



Simple Paper Towel Roll Matching Games via Mamas Like Me


Marble Mazes via Twin Dragonfly Designs

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Magnetic Hangman Game via Amazon



Count and Sort Shoebox Game via The Imagination Tree


DIY Craft Stick Puzzles via Plain Vanilla Mom


Magnetic Farm Toddler Activity via Unoriginal Mom


Story in a Bag via HowDoesShe


Magnet Pattern Blocks via Make It & Love It


Perler Bead Bracelets via Craft and Creativity


Pipe cleaner princess crowns via One Charming Party


Pipe cleaner and yarn crafts via Bloesem Kids


Quiet Book Patterns via HowDoesShe


Easy Baggie Maze via Powerful Mothering


Magnetic Puzzles via Life Through My Eyes


Travel Luggage for Kids via Amazon

37 Must-Try Ideas for TRAVELING WITH KIDS!!


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
37 must-try ideas for traveling with kids!!
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  1. Michelle says:

    These all look like great I ideas I will be trying to implement some in my own car.

  2. Melissa says:

    Wow! These are some really cute ideas. We have an 8 hour plane ride coming up this summer with our 1 1/2 year old and I’m looking for some good ways to entertain a toddler… I can only read the same books to her a few dozen times before I go completely insane.

  3. Cindy says:

    Thanks for these wonderful ideas!!

  4. Hena Tayeb says:

    wow these are some really great ideas!!

  5. Ellie says:

    Great list! I have a few more fun ideas for you. We have driven from VA to UT several times with kids of all ages up to 16 and these things have been great for us.

    1. Print out a US map for each child. For my older kids I do the map without the states labeled and they have to fill it in. For the younger kids I do the map with labels. They can be used to keep track of license plates you have seen or of states you have driven in.

    2. Give each kid a job keeping track of things you see. On one trip my 10-year-old daughter kept track of all yellow and orange cars we saw so she could tell us which had more at the end of the trip. My 12-year-old son kept the roadkill tally (by type, including URKs=unidentified roadkill). My 8-year-old kept track of where, what time, and how long we stopped. My 6-year-old kept track of how much gas we put in the car each time and how much it cost. You can totally make up your own jobs, but they love having something to keep track of. Depending on where you are you might have someone count oil rigs or windmills or a certain kind of animal. Anything works.

    3. I keep a “store” in the front seat and the kids earn a ticket for every hour that they are kind and happy. Sometimes we offer a bonus ticket for anyone that will go to sleep. I open the store every hour and they can buy something or save up to buy something bigger in a few hours. I include gum, snacks, toys, books, lip gloss, a milkshake at our next stop, and anything I can find at the Target dollar spot. You could include the velcro building sticks, the finger puppets, any of the craft items, etc. When we have done really long trips, I put some stuff in the store from the beginning of the trip and I add a few new things every day or two so they stay interested in it. Oh, I also put things in the store that they need anyway (new goggles, a flash drive and locker organizers when my daughter was starting middle school, etc.)

    4. Plan silly activities for stops or for certain points on your trip. Tootsie Pop microphones for a sing-along, 25 jumping jacks at a rest stop, speak in a British accent for 15 minutes, sing the State Song every time you cross a state line, give everyone a fake mustache to wear when you stop, etc.

    5. I was going to stop at 4 but my daughter just came in and reminded me that on our last trip from CA to UT, I brought strawberry baskets and yarn and taught 3 of my daughters how to weave them. It literally kept them busy, happy, and entertained from St. George to Salt Lake.

    Hope you are going somewhere fun and that you have a great time getting there!!

    1. Ashley says:

      These are really great ideas Ellie, thanks so much!! I especially like the ticket system, I’m definitely trying that one! :) -Ashley

    2. Lee says:

      Thank you SO much for these incredible ideas!! The list of 37 above had some great items – but yours has more that I’ll definitely use too!! Especially the “store” ideas! I have 4 traveling and the oldest is 6, so it’s a challenge to keep their attention. I’m excited to use some of these ideas!

  6. Heather says:

    This is such a great list!

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