50+ FUN Activities for a Family Road tripI’ve had lots of people ask in our planning a roadtrip, what we were planning to do with the kids in the car for 5 weeks! I think with a little planning, thinking about the kids’ needs, and a sense of humor a road trip can be an amazing opportunity to bond as a family and create priceless memories! So here are 50+ ideas for Car Trip Fun!
There are several road trip games and road trip ideas images that are clickable with additional information, how-to’s, and free printables! Don’t miss the 20+ free printable car games (a huge car resource in itself).
You’ll notice I make use of the magnetic chalkboard many times. I like bringing along multi-purpose items to maximize space and fun!
Games to bring to a Campsite
- Music (to sing along together in the car: Jim Gill, Steve Green, Praise Songs, Disney)
- Books on Cd (Disney, library picks)
- Mad Libs
- kiddie fishing net/fish (for 19 month old)
- flashlights (kids have their own)
- glow sticks
- glow bubbles
- bean bag toss game
- sand toys
- bucket (for collecting sticks)
- bug kid (for collecting bugs)
How to organize the car for a family RoadtripSo did we really bring all these road trip games on our trip? Yep we did! All of it fit neatly in a plastic box so it didn’t take up that much room and helped keep the car organized!. Plus you have to remember we took 2 long trips this year: a 2 week Revolutionary War Trip out East and a 3 week Westward expansion / Rout 66 Roadtrip West. So this box entertained our children as we traveled from sea to shinning sea – literally! We do also have an ipad that I loaded with a couple of their favorite movies & shows, but the kids actually didn’t really touch it. Since undoubtedly someone will ask – NO I don’t think kids need to be entertained 100% of the time! My kids are actually very self-entertaining. They can usually play by themselves doing one activity for an hour or more. And they also enjoy just looking out the window, singing songs as a family, talking, telling stories, sleeping, and talking amongst themselves. But when you spend about 150 hours driving in the car in one year you’ve got to plan for success!! =-)
There you go – hopefully that was helpful as you are planning a roadtrip & you found a new road trip ideas to make your road trips more fun and memorable. Do you have any great road trip games I’ve missed? I’d love to hear your tips & tricks too! Here are some great resources we’ve used and LOVE!