Posted: Feb 01, 2013 12:00 AM
Your road trip can be a success – as long as you have everything you need.

What you do and don’t bring along for the ride has a lot to do with the success of your road trip. Here are the things we don’t think you should leave home without.


Don’t forget to bring your maps, and we mean the paper kind, girlfriend! Those GPS maps are awesome (and super easy to use), but they won’t be a lot of help if you’re in an area with no signal. Bring along a book of maps, or print off maps of key areas before you head out.


Everyone gets grumpy when they’re hungry, and kids are no exception. Pack a cooler full of snacks, and make sure anything that needs to be portioned is stored in baggies by the serving. You’ll be glad you did when tummies start rumbling and there’s not an exit in sight. And don’t forget the drinks.


Music makes the world go round. It makes the time go by faster, too! Load your iPod with music, movies and audiobooks to help pass the time. Have a sing-a-long in the car, or take turns listening to everyone’s top choice.

Your smartphone

All those apps are handy in your everyday life, but they’re lifesavers when you’re on a road trip. There are thousands of apps available to help you find everything from food, to gas, to bathrooms and more. That kind of information is worth its weight in gold when you’re in a strange town with a carload of kids.

Car sick kit

We don’t want to think about it, but it’s always possible when you’re in the car for long stretched. Pack a car sick kit, complete with paper towels, wipes, cleaner, trash bags, hair ties and a water bottle. Use a bucket to tote it all around. That way, if you need it, you can just dump it out.

Blankets and pillows


Someone is hot. Someone is cold. Someone keeps laying their head on someone else. Pack pillows and blankets to solve all of these problems in one swift move.


The key to a peaceful ride is keeping boredom at bay. Stock up on coloring books, crayons, pencils, paper, books and travel games to keep little ones as busy as possible.

Check this out!^ Print out these coloring pages to keep the kids busy during the drive.

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