How to Survive a Road Trip with Young Kids

Many of us will be gearing up for long drives this week, so I wanted to share some top tips for surviving long car rides with young kids.

  • Leave really early (or late) to avoid some of the traffic. 

  • Use audiobooks to keep the whole family entertained. I genuinely loved Matilda recently. 

  • Don’t be afraid of boredom. It encourages kids (and you) to use their imagination. 

  • Reframe it. This is quality time with your kids. Tell stories, play ‘I spy’ or ask them questions you’ve always wanted to. Switching your mindset makes a huge difference. 

  • Buy a paper map and show kids the route you are doing. Handing over the map is a great answer to ‘Are we there yet?’

  • Bring crafts. Wikki Sticks or mess free markers will distract for hours.

  • Use technology. I give up any rules around screen time for travel days. My kids love it, and I use the quiet time to take a nap or catch up with friends on the phone. 

  • Pump. If you are breastfeeding, pump while you are driving, so you can feed bottles on the go versus having long feeding stops. I did cluster pumping to get up my supply. 

What are your favorite road trip hacks?


Safe travels! #momtips #travel