If you’re planning a long road trip or even traveling on an airplane and you have a toddler or young kids, you need to be prepared! There are three things you won’t be able to live without on your trip – snacks, things to soothe your little one, and games to entertain them.
In this post, you’ll get all the best games and small toys that work like magic to keep your kids happy, occupied and entertained on a long trip.
I used many of these toys on my family’s 18-hour road trip to Michigan over a year and a half ago. Honestly, other than the grueling hours of driving in the mountains, the trip was very enjoyable.
At the time, my kids were 18 months, 7 years old, and 10 years old.
There weren’t endless crying sessions or even fighting with my three kiddos. I think my husband and I had the hardest time with our backs giving us trouble. But that’s a whole other issue!
I’ve separated the toys into a toddler list and a kids list for slightly older children.
Now on to the list…
Toddler Games to Survive a Road Trip
Bizzy Buckle Toy – We all know how much toddlers love pushing, buckling, and tinkering with things. This soft busy pillow will keep your little one occupied with endless buckling and unbuckling!
Wooden Montessori Lacing Toys – These cute little learning lacing toys will keep your little one learning while they weave the worms in and through the fruit and cheese. The worms are attached so no losing parts!
Travel AquaDoodle Pad – This is one toy that my little guy used a ton on our trip and I can’t say enough about it! They feel like their making a mess, but it’s only water. That’s a total win-win!
Fisher-Price Boppin’ Activity Bugs – This is a great distraction toy and is like the toddler version of whack-a-mole!
Melissa & Doug On the Go Water Wow Books – These 3 little boards allow your toddler to write their letters, numbers, and draw animals with markers filled with only water!
Young Kids Games to Survive a Road Trip
Melissa & Doug Flip to Win Travel Memory Game – This is a great game to keep brain fatigue from setting in while in the car. They can keep learning and playing!
Crayola Pip-Squeaks Markers & Paper Set – Your budding artist can continue creating in the car or on the plane! And everything stays neatly in place in the carrying case.
Mickey Mouse Magnetic Zoo – These adorable Mickey Mouse activity cards allow kids to move the magnetic pieces around to create play scenes over and over again.
Fun Tape Activity Book – This book comes with easy tear tape to create fun pictures throughout the pages!
Connect 4 Travel Game – This game is so fun and bringing it on a road trip is sure to keep the fun going if you have more than one kid, of course!
Kanoodle Brain Twisting Solitaire Game – This game is full of over 200 mind-bending puzzles in a single travel case!
Spot It! On The Road – This fun card game can be played with the whole family! Plus, there are 5 games in one!
Other Items to Pack on Your Trip
In order to keep the peace and the joy flowing on your road trip, you need to have more than amazing games. Here’s a list of must-have’s in your car to keep the kiddos quiet and happy!
Healthy Snacks are a must on a road trip of any length.
Here are a few of my kid’s favorite healthy snacks to add in your backseat.
Simply drop them in a giant tote bag and let them have at it when they’re hungry. You’ll be saving a ton of money on fast food stops and you won’t feel guilty for letting them eat junk food.
Travel sized toiletries are also a must for cleaning on the go.
On your road trip, you’ll likely see many restrooms and experience many gross emergencies in your car needing these supplies.
I strongly recommend you pack a large pack of kid-safe anti-bacterial wipes, a few rolls of toilet paper, and a large bottle of hand sanitizer.
Books and Magazines are perfect for keeping kids entertained and learning.
I remember reading during very long car rides as a kid and my books were my best friend! Sure, those were the days before tablets and smartphones, but I’d like to believe that my books would still be my favorite.
Here’s a list of great books that will keep your kid happy and quiet but also learning about kindness, compassion, friendship, and diversity. Those are all great things!
What did we miss? Add your best travel tips and tricks in the comments below!