Summer is fast approaching and the hope of sunny days have us very excited! Our kids love going out to the beach or taking a road trip somewhere far away – but it’s not always easy putting 5 people in a confined space for long periods of time! Making regular pitstops for food and drink can also make a day out very long (not to mention expensive!) Having a list of what to pack for a successful road trip might be useful for you this summer, so feel free to use mine!
- Insulated water bottles – for children and adults.
- Individual bags or boxes of snacks. Making a pack lunch or filling sandwich bags with healthy treats can advert the need to buy lunch out. For this summer we are going to invest in some Yumboxes, so I’ll keep you posted on how well they work.
- Wipes!!!!!! Disposable or reusable, whatever you fancy, but make sure you pack plenty.
- If you are currently or recently have potty trained your toddler, pack the potty and some toddler wipes. Trust me, the minute you arrive somewhere with no public toilets your child WILL have a huge urge to go!
- Suncream & sunhats
- Reins or backpack for attaching to children. As you have probably seen, our ‘product of the month’ is the Littlelife Toddler Animal Daypack , which we have tested with all of our children – so we know it works! The little man will be using it for a few more years yet. (He’s a runner lol)
- Something to do in the car. I advise against reading or using screens, but a toy (non-musical) would be a good idea.
- Audio books – whether digital on your phone to play through the speakers, or a CD, an audiobook can keep the whole family entertained for hours.
- Singalong music. Don’t roll your eyes! I’m serious, a good singalong can be great fun. It can also help children remember the trip. Last summer we went to Galway, which is about 5 hours away by car. Andrew bought Andrew Peterson’s album Slugs & Bugs & Lullabies, it turned out to be the theme album of the whole trip. We haven’t listened to it in a good while, but when I put it on in the car yesterday, the girls were singing along to every word 🙂 and it reminded them of our holiday.
- Car games, depending on the age of your children these could be just games that require your imagination, or you can buy games at very low cost to keep everyone busy.
- Picnic blacket
- Rubbish bags
- Colouring book and crayons (if age appropriate) for children to do during rest stops.
- Change of clothes for little people.
- First aid kit.
- Travel Pillows
I’m sure there’s loads I’ve missed, but this is the basic list – add your own items as you need! Don’t forget that the journey doesn’t have to just be the process of getting from one place to another. It CAN be an enjoyable part of your trip if you plan and prepare properly. Remember that if children can learn to cope with long journeys when they are young, they will be much more pleasant to travel with when they are teenagers 🙂 Apparently! I’ll get back to you with evidence of that in about 10 years time!