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Packing List for a Road Trip With Kids

Flying can be a hassle and expensive, especially if you have a large family. This is why many people prefer to take a road trip to their destination if the distance isn’t too great. If you’re going to spend a day traveling anyway, might as well do it in the comfort of your own car with more leg room and more food choices! Plus, when you stay at FantasyWorld, one of the great Kissimmee FL resorts,  you have a water park and more waiting for you at the end of your drive. To get your kids there with fewer meltdowns, here are some packing tips for any road trip.

  • Toys and Games. Definitely refresh your memory on word and visual games that can be played without any physical items, like I Spy and the Alphabet Game, but inevitably, you’ll need to supply some toys for each child. Edged trays are great for holding everything in place, like crayons. Make sure any toys or games can be packed and played easily in a car so that pieces don’t get lost under seats. New toys also serve as a great distraction.
  • Books and Audiobooks. Reading is a great way to pass the time on a road trip, but some people and kids get motion sickness when reading. If that’s not an issue, physical books are a great idea, especially for slightly older children who can read longer books. If motion sickness is an issue, get some audiobooks for the kids to listen to, which also has the benefit of entertaining kids of varying ages.
  • A Bucket. If you have young children, there’s always the risk of motion sickness and a simple bucket can keep things from turning into a big mess. Keep the bucket handy so it’s available at the first sign of a child not feeling well. Also consider motion sickness medicine in advance to prevent any problems before you leave.
  • Plastic Bags. Make use of some plastic grocery bags and keep them available for your kids to put their trash away neatly so you don’t end up with juice boxes and other potentially sticky items littering your car. Hang them somewhere easy for the kids to reach and be sure to take along plenty, as they can be used for a variety of purposes.
  • Pitstop Games. Kids get restless on long drives, so it’s a good idea to plan for more pitstops than usual. It gives the kids a chance to burn off some energy and games ranging from a simple bottle of bubbles to frisbees or jump ropes will really let them stretch their legs and have some fun before getting back on the road.
  • Emergency Kit and Medicines. You should travel with an easily accessible emergency kit that includes things like bandages, flashlights, disinfectants, and a pair of scissors for emergencies. Consider pre-packed emergency kits and add any extra items. Also, if you or your kids are taking any medicines or may need pain medication for headaches, etc., make sure they’re packed somewhere you can access them quickly and easily.
  • Travel Snacks. Everyone needs food and drink along the way, so be sure to pack a good mix of travel foods that are easy to eat and don’t make much of a mess. Make sure you have a cooler to keep things fresh and cold, especially on warm days. Fruit, trail mix, cereal, crackers, boiled eggs, sandwiches, string cheese, juice boxes, and similar items are good, and be willing to indulge in a fast-food stop. If you have multiple children, make sure you have equal amounts of food items for everyone so no one feels left out.

These are just a few of the basic tips for taking a road trip with your kids. When you stay at FantasyWorld, one of the leading Kissimmee FL resorts, you also get a full kitchen, where you can create more snacks for your days out at the parks and other places of entertainment. Plus, with all of the on-site amenities and entertainment, the road trip will be worth it and you’re sure to make some fun memories on the trip and during your vacation. Drive safely!

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