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Whenever you travel with kids, preparation is vital. Once you’re on the road, you’ll need to be able to adapt to unexpected snags, illnesses, and other challenges along the way.

Packing extra forms of entertainment is a good idea, too, because children often don’t realize how fortunate they are to have the opportunity to see more of the world. To kids, travel doesn’t hold the same appeal as it does for adults, and boredom is inevitable.

Before you load up the camper and hit the road, make sure you have these 5 things.

5 Things to Pack for a Family Road Trip

1: Water

Crossing wide open spaces is one of the joys of RV travel. The views are incredible, the drive can be incredibly relaxing, and you develop a real appreciation for the sheer magnitude of the United States.

The open road also has its risks.

Becoming stranded on one of those long, uninhabited stretches of highway is stressful, and if you’re not prepared, it can be quite dangerous.

Dehydration is one of the first dangers involved in being stranded. Always keep drinkable water in your vehicle, and prevent headaches and irritability by staying properly hydrated while you’re on the road.

2: First Aid Kit

Accidents happen.

Your first aid kit should include:

  • Elastic wrap bandages
  • Medical adhesive tape
  • Bandage strips like band-aids
  • Sterile gauze
  • Instant cold packs
  • Cotton balls
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic solution and/or wipes
  • Aloe vera
  • Calamine lotion
  • Stomach medicine
  • Pain relievers
  • Antihistamines
  • Hydrocortisone cream

Be sure to also pack any emergency medications you might need for special complaints, like epi-pens, inhalers, or prescription medications.

3: Wet Wipes

Wet wipes are useful for spills, dirty hands, sticky children, wiping up dust, and plenty of other small tasks.

If you’re the boy scout, always prepared type, you can bring disinfectant wipes and baby wipes so that you have supplies for skin and for surfaces.

Keep a container of wipes within reaching distance when you’re in the car so that you can quickly clean up splashes and mishaps on the go, and wipe down germy surfaces at stops to keep everyone healthy and well.

 

4: Electronic Devices with Headphones and Chargers

You’re there for the sights and the experiences.

For your children, the sights and experiences are probably boring.

Prevent fighting and keep kids entertained with music players, tablets, or other small electronic devices. Headphones prevent their activity from irritating others in the car, and they also give kids some time to themselves.

Remember that your children want some alone time, too, and on a road trip, privacy is hard to come by. Electronics give kids that moment of retreat so that they can refuel, reset, and get ready to spend more time with family.

5: Travel Pillows and Blankets

Sitting in an RV over long stretches can get exhausting, even for experienced road trippers.

Travel pillows help make car weary passengers more comfortable, and you can even catch a quick nap if you need to catch up on sleep.

Meanwhile, packing a couple of lightweight blankets is a quick way to settle air conditioner level disputes. When one person is cold, they can cover up without starting a battle for climate control.

One response to “5 Things to Pack For Your Next Family Road Trip

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I am travel freak but a family man too. So I need to make a balance between them. Your tips are helpful.For me, Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
    People often have a theme that they base their worldly travels on, but how about a mental mantra for your travel? Out of a cheerleading event that consisted of our family shouting supportive words at our daughter who was attempting to kill a rather monstrous spider that the rest of us were too chicken to get close to, came this great quote, “If you don’t think, and you just do….then it’s done!”

    This quote came back to haunt me when on vacation in Seattle. I thought it would be a great idea to take the kids on the Seattle Great Wheel, the ferris wheel overlooking the ocean, but as we approached it, I realized how high it went and immediately panicked! Just as I had decided to put the kids on it on their own, my daughter says, “Come on dad…If you don’t think, and you just do….then it’s done!” What could I do at that point?! She was telling me to stop thinking and creating more fear about the situation and just get on the thing!
    “If you don’t think, and you just do, then it’s done!” We all now keep this quote in our back pocket, ready to whip out at any time to push one of us forward into an adventure we know they won’t regret. No hesitations, don’t allow any time for fear to set in, and be prepared for your kids to turn your life advice back on you

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