Road Trip Musts

We are going on a road trip soon and we were talking about we need to have in the car for the kids. We will be in the car for quite a while. We plan on stopping often and doing some sightseeing along the way.

But, being cramped in the car, everyone needs some extra things to do, even Grammy!


MP3 players are great, especially if you bring along headphones. This kids can listen to their favorite music.

Books  – Quite time.

For my daughter, paper and pen. She loves to write things down. We can’t read them, but she likes to do it all the same.

ipads, iPods, Leappad, laptop computers – download VLC media player. It’s a free.

Portable DVD players. We just bought new ones. It’s a dual pack that the kids can watch a movie together separately.

Games. We have Bingo cards. They are always a big hit.


These are just a few items we will adding to our car. I hope it’s enough to keep everyone happy.



What items do you take on a road trip?



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  1. We bring all of these items and they are lifesavers with our family of ten!

  2. Our portable DVD player is a MUST have!

  3. This is the time we let our daughter play all the portable video games she wants. When we get in to scenic areas, though, she has to turn it all off. She also loves having a stack of books and stuff to doodle with. Oh, and snacks are a must 🙂

  4. Our Ipad — helps keep kiddos entertained!

  5. I agree an iPad is a great idea! Or a dvd player!

  6. I need to add Bingo cards to my car trip list.

  7. portable DVD player – YES!!! big Time must

  8. Don’t forget the snacks!

  9. The portable DVD player was a must for us (with a dual jack). I was all about car games too – still am!

  10. The Kindle Fire is our must.

  11. Definitely music!

  12. Snacks.

    Lots and lots of snacks keeps everyone happy without creating lots of stops for more stuff.

  13. I usually take the same items. 🙂

  14. Great list here! I can’t travel without my books!

  15. Thanks for the tips! We have a road trip coming up :)!

  16. The laptop is a must! Thanks for the tips!

  17. Great list. We always pack 1 new workbook or coloring book and 1 new small toy for our kids on long road trips.

  18. Having just come back from a road trip with the boys earlier this week, I could not agree more with the items listed in this post!

  19. Love your list! Our duel portable DVD players are a lifesaver every time.

  20. FOOD!

  21. Maryann D. says:

    All of these items are great for road trips. When I was young and my family took trips we did not have half of these items. We were so bored and I always hated being in the car for a long time. I would now bring snacks and drinks for the kids, that can help to have food if they are hungry.

  22. Our iPad is a definite must for my family! It’s such a genius invention and is fun for the whole family!

  23. I love to have my xm radio!

  24. I have to have my iPad, iPhone, notebook, macbook when I go on most trips.

  25. I just came back from a short road trip with the kids and I was making a list of all of the things that you need too! Great tips!

  26. Man back in the day all we had was books for the kids, later in highschool MP3’s, no DVD players, that is what I would bring 🙂

  27. Great tips for road trips! I definitely need my ipod or just good music for everyone. =)