1. PILLOWS AND BLANKETS,
blanket and pillows. When driving there is room for these in abundance, they make for good car sleeping.
Pillows & blankets make for great pallet beds on hotel floors or a cousins sofa.
Here is Aubry sleeping as we visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, I can spot 2 blankets and 1 small pillow
2. TRASH CAN OR BAG
I use a large ice cream container, they are wide mouthed and wide bottomed so they won’t tip over easy and can hold a decent amount of trash; just empty when stopping for gas.
3. DAMP WASHCLOTH IN A ZIP LOCK BAG
You can just rinse the washcloth in a sink and viola! When eating on the road, a wet washcloth comes in handy. You could also use wet wipes of some sort, I like the Wal-Mart cucumber scent baby wipes~ cause life is messy.
4. FIRST AID KIT
I carry a small pencil-case as a mini first aid kit.
I stock it with q-tips, triple anti-biotic, anti-ich, anti-fungus, band-aids, tea tree oil
We were glad we had it when Aubry fell from the playground while we were in Pasadena, CA.
5. THE PROPER EATS
Food can eat up a large part of a trip if you’re not careful. I try to pack a smaller version of my kitchen.
Fridge—> decent size cooler,
Pantry—> I use an L.L.Bean bag for our pantry, foods like breads or peanut butter, paper towels, silverware… items to take out when it’s lunch and dinner time.
Snack Pack—> This is a separate bag that is easy to reach with snacks to eat during the drive.
See this post for more Roadtrip Food Packing tips
6. PAPER TOWEL ROLLS
Paper towels come in handy on a road trip. They can be used for napkins, plates, to clean up messes or even to hand out to be used as toys.
I like to keep one in my pantry bag and one on the front passenger floorboard for easy reaching!
7. EASY ACCESS CHANGE OF CLOTHS
I keep a change of clothes in gallon zip lock bag, one bag for each kid, undies, socks, top and bottom- the whole deal rolled tight in a gallon bag
I even carry one for myself, clean dry shirt, undergarments, socks.
Then when a quick change is needed, it’s easy.
8. ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE KIDS
Here are a few of my tips:
Frugal Mom’s TOP TIP **SMALL COLORING AND STICKER KIT** We use a zip lock bag with a small coloring book, notebook, crayons/markers, multi-color choice pen, some stickers.
I keep this with us at all times
Some of our other favorites are…
- band-aids for toys,Dollar Tree has them for $1, kids love them, they are kind of taboo– let them have at it
- pipe cleaners- you can make all kinds of cool stuff, let kids have at it or get ideas on Pinterest
- electronic device, ipad, iphone, LeapFrog etc.and don’t forget HEADPHONES
- books coloring books and crayons, reading books, iSpy books, Where’s Waldo
- small dry erase boards with markers
9. A GOOD PLAYLIST
Music makes the world go ’round.
Make a playlist of fun songs everyone can enjoy and sing along to.
If you’re driving through a certain part of the country pick songs that relate to that area.
i.e Rocky Mtn High, John Denver while in the Colorado Rockies or Red Hot CHili Peppers when driving through California, and an other California songs, and there are a lot!
10. HAVE A QUIET TIME
Have a time where you ride in quiet time.
Play relaxing music, or have your children look quietly at books, iSpy and Where’s Waldo are great!
11. ANSWERING THE AGE OLD QUESTION…
… “How long until we get there?”
Your reply is always… “A long time”