Roadtrip! 6 Ways to Keep Your Kids Happy in the Car

May 14, 2019 2 min read

Think back to when you were a kid. You probably have a fond memory or two of packing up the car and heading off on a family adventure. From seeing the sights along the way or playing a favorite car trip game – there was never a dull moment… right? That’s really every parents’ goal – keeping the kids in the back seat busy and happy while logging the miles. A little preparation can go a long way to create a fun-filled road trip. We want you to have the best road trip with your kiddos, so before you hit the road check out our go-to list of road trip activities and tips to help make your adventure seamless.

Road Trip Activities 

Map out some pit stops

Whether you’re traveling across the country or across the state, several well-timed pit stops can make all the difference. It gives everyone a chance to stretch their legs and take in some fresh air. If weather allows, parks are great places to make a stop. Pack some outdoor play items like a ball or a Frisbee. You could even pack a cooler and have a picnic. If you’re traveling far, you may even be able to make the most out of your trip and pick out some iconic destinations to visit along the way.

Load up on snacks

Keeping everyone’s bellies full throughout the trip can help ensure they stay happy while traveling. Having snacks on hand also helps cut down on unplanned pit stops. Don’t forget to pack a few goodies that the kids don’t get very often. 

Play some car game classics

Throw in some timeless kids’ car activities during the trip. Classic car games like the license plate game or I-Spy can help pass the time and keep your kids engaged. You can even share a story or two about playing these games when you were a kid.

Make a playlist

A family sing along may be just what’s needed to create a little fun for the car ride. Pick out a beloved movie soundtrack or some family favorites. Pick songs the whole family will enjoy to ensure everyone will take part.

Travel strategically

Sleeping in the car can be tough, but traveling at night and during nap times can allow your kids the opportunity to catch some rest and create a peaceful experience. 

Plan road trip activities

Mess-free crafts like paper origami or bracelet making could be the perfect road trip activity to keep little hands busy and minds occupied. Favorite books and coloring supplies are also timeless favorites that can be easily packed. If you have an in-car DVD player or a tablet, planning to watch a movie or two can also help provide some road trip entertainment.

Preparing for your adventure

One important tip while you’re traveling is to avoid driving distracted. Keeping you and your family safe while on the road is a top priority, keep these safe driving tips in mind for your next trip.

We know mishaps can happen along the way to your destination, but to help avoid delays and breakdowns be sure your car is up-to-date on tune-ups and oil changes before you hit the road. You’ll also want to be sure you have a roadside emergency kit in your car.

One important step to take before you travel is connecting with your local Farm Bureau agent to ensure you have the coverages in place to protect what matters most. Don’t forget to ask about Farm Bureau’s Emergency Roadside Assistance coverage. The 24/7 dispatch service will send reliable, professional help to get you back on the road quickly if you hit an unexpected detour.


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