Whether it’s on a Nook or hardcover, having reading material has been the only buffer between me and many a road trip meltdown. On my most recent road trip, I downloaded a free copy of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South through Project Gutenberg.
While a road trip can certainly inspire boredom eating, choosing healthy snacks can make all the difference. For protein, try nuts or a trail mix. Fruit can be a great option, as long as it isn’t too messy. Raisins are easily packed, but why not also try out grapes, bananas, apples, or pears?
Sometimes, sneezes happen. So do spills. And other disasters. Napkins will do in a pinch, too.
Writing Utensil and Paper
Sometimes, you need to get directions, or you may want to play license plate bingo or doodle for a while. In any case, having a writing utensil and pad of paper handy rarely goes amiss.
If you’re going to be crossing borders, make sure you have passports at the ready. Anyone who might take a turn at the wheel should also have a driver’s license handy. If you’re planning to visit any attractions at your destination, have the kids bring school IDs along as well for discounts.
Some people find that being in a car makes them, well, sleepy. I proudly count myself as one of those people. To enhance comfort and decrease crankiness, toss a few pillows and blankets in the back for impromptu naps. Your kids (and your sanity) will thank you.
What are some other road trip essentials in your family?