The key to a well-packed car is keeping the items you need during the drive accessible to you and your passengers. Don’t keep everything in the trunk where you have to stop every time you need to get something.
Find small bins to keep items together and protected from heavier items crushing them. Especially important for snacks like chips! Place the bins in an easy to access area.
Bring bags for garbage. Sounds simple. But if you forget the trash will slowly start to close in on your already small space.
Have a kit packed in the car with essentials. Place the following items in a bag big enough to hold them and always keep it in the car.
Baby wipes * Nail clippers * Nail file * Advil * Lotion * Sticky notes * Pen * Gum * Throat Lozenges * Hair spray * Hand sanitizer * Kleenex * Band aids * Polysporin
A few other ideas for kids. Create games for them to play in the car incorporating the road trip. Car bingo is great, as well as the license plate game if you are in the States, scavenger hunts or tic-tac-toe. Click Here for a link to printable versions of these games and many more.
Also consider a laminated map of the route you’re traveling so older children can keep track of where you are and how far you are from your destination. Who knows, it might even curb the dreaded, “Are we there yet?”
Good luck out there on the road this summer and be safe!
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