Family Road Trip Checklist To Make Your Trip Enjoyable
Up to this point, I’ve shared plenty of tips on how to mentally prepare yourself, how to pack the car ahead of time, what healthy snacks and best toys and activities to bring along, also several DIY tutorials like a storage bin, I SPY sensory bottles and cookie sheet lap trays!
Now I will close the series with some additional tips. A family road trip checklist PDF will also be provided to print out. So, you’d be better prepared and organized for your family road trip!
Since this was our first long distance road trip as a family, I had to have other moms share their best useful tips for a road trip with kids. I’ve saved many great and brilliant tips mentioned by expert moms below to be better prepared for our next family road trip! What about you?
- If you have something that was not mentioned in the series that you’d love to share. If there was something that had already been mentioned but needs to be said again, please share!
I received many more feedbacks from other moms that I couldn’t fit in the previous posts, so here you go!
Extra useful tips from other moms:
“Bring pillows and blankets so your kids are comfy and can nap.” – Brenda
“I keep a smaller “overnight” bag packed and ready in case we need to stop midway at a hotel or pull out some extra clothes. It’s so much easier than digging through suitcases to find necessities. I’ll also include items like toiletries, toothbrushes, wipes, pull-ups/clean underwear, snacks, plastic bags for garbage and any small items that we may need readily available.” – Trinity
“Keep a backpack in the car with items used most frequently: hand sanitizer, wipes, bandages, hats, sunscreen, etc. No matter what roadside activity you choose, you’ll be prepared!” – Melissa
“Bring a stash of gallon size Ziploc bags and a container of wet wipes. The bags can be used for garbage, wet clothes, or saving a bag of snacks that is ripped open. The wet wipes are the easiest way to get everyone to wash their hands before eating and to wipe up sticky spills.” – Corinne
“Don’t be afraid to pack a little kid potty. (We have a travel one.) You never known when little ones will just have to go and there is nowhere around to stop. This came in handy when there was a truck on fire on the highway and we were stopped for 90 minutes on a road trip we took with a 4-year-old and 2-year-old twins.” – Kimberly
“For long, multi-stop road trips have a backpack that has a change of clothes for everyone in the family for the night, that way when you pull up to your stop you can just grab the backpack instead of dragging a bunch of huge suitcases in!” – Justine
“Always make sure there are plastic bags in case of car sickness. It’s happened at least 2x for us. Also, carry some Febreze and paper towels as well as a quick change of clothes for all family members. We’ve had to clean off car seats and kids after vomiting episodes.” – Nancy
“Someone is bound to spill a drink, drop some crumbs, or have some other liquid accident that will need to be cleaned up. Take these supplies with you and it will reduce your anxiety when the inevitable happens. Include trash, basket, wipes, napkins, and tissues.” – Raki
“I always keep snacks handy, and maybe a cheap little toy/activity pack that they haven’t seen yet and get to open and enjoy in the car. Also, the little kid’s neck pillows are great for when they do take a nap.” – Bianca
“Definitely travel during the night. Also, make sure you pack a bag with Children’s Tylenol, Children’s Ibuprofen, Children’s Pepto Bismol, baby wipes, plastic grocery bags, Gatorade and extra clothes. Grab a Dollar Tree plastic bucket and line it with a couple of plastic grocery bags in case your kids get car sick. Happened to us the first hour into our long trip to Disney.” – Amber
Several moms who recommended having a backpack or a bag with a change or two of clothes in case of needing to stay in a hotel midway are genius! We dragged our suitcases to the hotels and it was a pain in the butt. So, we will definitely bring a backpack of a change or two of clothes for our next family road trip.
I’ve created a family road trip checklist with 4 pages! A checklist for the car essentials, the suitcases, snacks, toys & activities, in case of emergencies, miscellaneous, and extra notes.
The car essentials section should include car maintenance ahead of time, car insurance info, flashlight, umbrella, cleaning wipes, and others mentioned in this post.
The suitcases section, I wasn’t organized in this part. However, having a checklist to organize my suitcases would’ve been helpful! I’d pack each family member’s clothing items separately in bags so they’d be in order.
For the snacks section, you can get some ideas from this post. For the toys & activities, here. Now, for the in case of emergencies section, include things needed if something comes up like a sick kid throwing up. For the miscellaneous section, anything else that doesn’t fit in other sections.
For the notes section, use that as a reminder. You could use this to make sure you have dog sitters ready, empty the trash cans, or throw away food that will get old when you are away.
Scroll below the image to download the checklist PDF.
Click below to download the complete 4 pages PDF with 7 sections.
Print the checklist to get ready for your family road trip!
Road trip with kids series:
- How to Best Prepare For A Road Trip With Kids
- How To Conquer Packing For A Road Trip With Kids
- DIY Convert Diaper Box To Storage Bin For Traveling In Car With Kids
- Quick And Healthy Road Trip Snacks For Kids And Adults
- Easy And Cheap DIY Car Trip Activities For Kids
- The Best Fun Road Trip Toys And Activities For Happy Kids
- Family Road Trip Checklist To Make Your Trip Enjoyable