Organization and Planning

Your Ultimate Road Trip Checklist

ROAD TRIP TIME! I’ve found that road trips can either be a complete nightmare or an amazing experience! In this post I want to give you all the tools you’ll need to make it something to remember (because of how great it is!).


It’s SO important for a road trip that you pack healthy and energizing foods – especially if you’ll be driving through the middle of nowhere. Here are some foods that I’ve found to be tried and true for road tripping:

  • Jerky – great source of protein and honestly just delicious! Look for low sodium choices.
  • Granola bars – try to find healthier, low sugar options
  • Apple sauce packets – no spoon, no mess!
  • Pop chips – I LOVE these. They give you the crunch of potato chips, but they are much healthier. You can find them for a great price here: Popchips Potato Chips, 4 Flavor Variety Pack, 0.8 Ounce (Pack of 24)
  • Fruit – we like to slice up apples and bring bananas. Both easy! Just make sure to throw out those banana peels at your next rest stop!
  • Fruit snacks – we LOVE Mott’s Medleys. You get a good combination of fruits and veggies and they are a good option as far as sugars go. Get them here: Mott’s Medleys Fruit Snacks, Assorted Fruit Gluten Free Snacks
  • Whole-grain fruit cookies – think Fig Newtons. I always thought that these were old people snacks haha! But I tried them on our last trip and was thoroughly impressed. You can get lots of variations these days with different kinds of fruits in the middle. We love these because you get the sweetness of cookies without sacrificing the health aspect. Just keep in mind that they are still cookies though 😉
  • Sports drinks – these are a nice alternative to water without having super sugary beverages.
  • Water – ALWAYS have water on hand! Whether you’re on a road trip or not. Fill up a large water bottle for each person and have some plastic bottles in a cooler on hand for fill-ups.


Games keep the energy alive and help the little ones and adults alike keep from boredom! There are tons of variations on these games, but here’s what we’ve found to be our favorites!

  • Would You Rather – you can think up these on the spot. However, I find it helpful to have a written out list. You can find great lists online. This one is fun to spice up if it’s just you and your hubby 😉
  • Ask questions – this isn’t so much a game, but a great way to pass time. Ask some deep questions that you otherwise wouldn’t have time for. I have found lots of lists of questions to ask your significant other and children on Pinterest and online.
  • Car bingo – make up some bingo cards for the kiddos and even you! This one is great because you can tailor it to wherever you’ll be driving and the age of your kids. Mark off a space for seeing cows, 5 semi-trucks, a billboard about a law firm, etc. Have a fun treat/prize for whomever wins and gets blackout!
  • The Alphabet game – this is one I played all the time when our family would drive to the lake when I was young (only a two hour drive, keep in mind!). It’s simple: start at “A” and try to find that letter on a license plate, sign, truck, etc. and go all the way through the alphabet! It’s fun when you get to tricky letters like “J” and “X.”
  • Activity Book – having some coloring pages, crayons, and activities for our little ones is a great pass time! Adult coloring books are super fun as well and can be therapeutic.


Other Helpful Tools and Tricks

  • GasBuddy – this is an awesome app that compares gas prices wherever you are! It’s a great way to save money. They have a website and you can download the app on iPhone and Android!
  • Trash – make sure you have a trash bag in the car! We haven’t found a perfect way to do this yet, so if you have one, let me know in the comments!
  • Sunglasses – these are a must for me. They keep me from having a headache and make the whole experience a lot better.
  • Pillow/blanket – if you’re not in the driver’s seat, chances are you’ll need to take a nap! A blanket is important for me because Kylan and I can never agree on a temperature for the car haha! He likes it cooler than I do.

Do you have any tips and tricks that I’ve missed? We’ve taken quite a few road trips to visit our son in California, but we are not experts yet! Let me know what your favorite road trip secrets are in the comments below!

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