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What To Pack For A Quick Road Trip
We are going on a road trip at the end of this week. My nephew is getting married! In fact, another one of my nephews JUST got married and my niece just got engaged! Oh, what a year it has been!
So, we will be visiting my whole family at the end of this week. We will be traveling to Boise and that is about 4 hours from our home. I want to pack as lightly as possible, but if anyone knows me, that will not be happening. I can always try, though, can’t I?
I have me, my husband and three kids to pack for. The kids like to pack about 5 weeks ahead of time and so I have to go through everything and repack. What To Pack For A Quick Road Trip!
What To Pack For A Quick Road Trip
Headphones for everyone but my toddler. This is a must. I will go crazy if there isn’t music in my ears.
Dramamine. I tend to get so car sick, so this is so important to have on me when I am traveling. My son gets car sick too.
A few blankets and pillows. These are always nice to have because we always have the air conditioner on and the kids get so cold. Instead of hearing them complain, I just throw a pillow and blanket their way (instead of a shoe!).
Snacks and drinks. Without these, we are in for it. The kids can get so cranky and the last thing anyone wants to hear is a whiny little one for four hours straight. Give them some food and a drink and they are good to go (for about 5 minutes).
Tablets and phones. Yep, this is something that we cannot leave home without. Just make sure you remember to bring the chargers too! One time I forgot and oh my goodness.
Sunglasses. I have to have my sunglasses when traveling anywhere. It drives me nuts if I forget them and then I have to buy another pair! I probably have 6 different pairs because of this.
Though I am not looking forward to the drive for four hours in a car with 3 little kids, I am looking forward to our time together, once we get to Boise. It will be fun to see everyone. This will be a much-needed, mini vacation!
What Are Your Must-Haves When You Pack For A Quick Road Trip?
james jenkins says
My last vacation, over-packing was my greatest mistake! One-bag packing is my goal from now on.
tiffany dayton says
This very informative.
Sarah L says
Very good list. I remember car trips when I was young and we had an etch-a-sketch. (closest thing to today’s electronics)
Jill Myrick says
I always pack each child a small backpack with their favorite game, book, blankee etc. to take with us.
Betsy Barnes says
I always make sure we pack chargers for all our devices on any trip! 🙂
laurie murley says
I cant do without a extra pair of clothes
Not only waht to pack, but to make sure to bring back home with you! Phone/charger and make sure to check your vehicle before you leave.
Christina Moore says
Thank you for the tips and ideas
Hope Krauel says
Got to pack munchies and my hair straightner!
Love all of these ideas! We’re heading out on a road trip soon & these will come in handy!
This post couldn’t have come at a better time. We are traveling to Florida in a week and a half, 17 hours each way. We are boarding a cruise ship there. I am driving through the night on the way down, but have to do it during the day on the way home. We will have plenty of snacks, movies, music, pillows and blankets. I’m also taking my favorite stimulant…Dark chocolate covered espresso beans!
thanks for the suggestions i hate packing for a road trip i always forget something this is great
Vera Prunn says
Never thought to pack headphones but after our weekend, I agree with you!!
Nedra W says
I agree all of these are necessary items for a roadtrip the only other thing I make sure to have is my Go Cup for coffee refills and a good book or two.
Mary Beth Elderton says
I am leaving for a 4 hour road trip today—going to visit my grands, so they won’t be in the car with me today. Even though I will be in the car by myself, I will definitely have something to drink and a couple of small snacks. I also packk gum—riding in the car makes my mouth dry.
Maryann D. says
This is all super advice and idea. I know I can’t forget the Dramamine, my daughter does tend to get car sick.
Tracie Cooper says
I love all the great tips perfect for our weekend trips to Disney!
Melissa Storms says
These are great tips. We just had a 3 1/2 each way, one day trip and snacks, blankets, pillows and my our Ipods and phones is the only way we were able to get through it.
Catherine Lewis says
I would need to take my laptop to keep track of my sweepstakes entries. These are handy tips for the road. Thanks!
Audrey T says
My must haves are ipad, snacks, dolls, water, and a sweater.
Lesley F says
Snacks, headphones, drinks, extra clothes, and a diaper bag
ellen beck says
Great suggestions. I think maybe besides that I would add bug spray if it is summer and sunscreen. I agree with the sunglasses, I hate when I forget them!
Susan Smith says
We always brought books, snacks and a DVD player to play movies.
Snacks and drinks are a must. I also have to bring a good book!
Debra Holloway says
I always pack much more than I need. If the suitcase isn’t hard to close to the point you have to set on it I feel like I have forgotten something. Thanks for the tips, I can use them.
Mike S. says
Regarding headphones for the driver – I’ve always been told that it is against the law (maybe local?) for the driver to wear headphones while driving. Something about not being able to hear car horns and emergency vehicles and whatnot. I guess I never looked it up myself.
Dana Rodriguez says
These are great tips. I used to get SO car sick when I was a kid.
Cynthia C says
Don’t forget a package of wipes. I guarantee you’ll need them!
Packing blankets and pillows can make traveling so much more enjoyable!
vickie couturier says
extra clothes,snacks,drinks and medications
melody hodge says
Among all the typical stuff you would normally pack, I always, always make sure I pack my coffee for every trip. I’ll never make it without it. lol
I like to bring wet wipes and sunscreen
Austin H. says
Sounds like you have it pretty much covered. You can never have too many snacks and drinks on a road trip
Susan Gates says
Nice website with alot of info.
Julie Lundstrom says
I would like an extra pair of clothes other then what I need and my laptop. I would go through withdrawals without that.
Marcie W. says
These are all great suggestions for road trip essentials. My oldest gets car sick, so packing Dramamine is always an absolute must.