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Road Trip Packing Revenge | Tips from Annessa Chumbley

Annessa Chumbley

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Aug 8th, 2014

Perfect Road Trip

Remember the good old family road trip?

If you’re like me, you dread the journey, and the goal is to arrive at the destination as soon as possible. However, that can be a recipe for disaster when traveling with others, especially little ones. What I learned….make the journey as much fun as the destination!      So whether you’re traveling for college, for a vacation, or to visit family across the country, with a little packing help, some delicious snacks and some fun ideas, you can show that road trip who’s boss and take control!

Pack the Snacks

Snacks are a must so everyone in the car can satisfy a hungry stomach until the next stop.  Protein-filled snacks will provide endurance, as well as keep the moods up.  Don’t forget, when lunch time does come, stopping at rest areas for picnics to allow the little ones to run and use their energy before gearing up for another few hours can make a world of difference in how that road trip goes.

But with these snacks, they can munch for miles…

Chocolate-Almond Protein Bars
These hand-held bites are the perfect snack for any road trip!
Get the recipe here.

protein bars

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Oat Peanut Butter Balls
These travel well, are packed with nutrition and best of all: they’re bite sized!
Pin the recipe here.

Peanut butter balls

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Fresh Cut Fruits & Veggies
Don’t skimp on nutrition just because you’re on the road.  Albertsons has plenty of tasty, ready-to-go options for you in their Fresh Cuts Section!

Fresh Cuts

Pack the Activities

No matter ages you’re traveling with, bring activities to keep their minds & bodies busy. When traveling 10 hours just me and my two young kids, I kept activity & library books in the front seat, and I passed items back as the kids got restless. I called this a “slow drip” method…and it worked!  I also brought Window Crayons by Crayola, books on CD, and had a list of car games (which included painting a picture in the sky:). Surprisingly, road trips can be a time to listen, learn, laugh and grow!

Here’s more ideas to help you make it the most fun road trip ever: 

Homemade Activity Board
Just use a cookie sheet!
Pin this idea here.

Cookie sheet activity

Travel Maps
Keep the kids from asking “Are we there yet?” with this fun activity!
Kids can cross off the places you’ve been and see where you’re going.
Get the full idea here.

Travel-Maps-for-Kids-from-Creekside-Learning

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