If you have ever been on a family road trip, you know how easy it is to forget things. Forgetting things causes you to spend way too much money grabbing stuff as you can on your trip. That is why a checklist is essential to preparation and packing.
I always find myself doing a mental checklist as I am packing. When we first started taking road trips with kids, I would be checking and re-checking that we had everything.
Even though I did that, we would STILL leave stuff behind! I was always so annoyed by the amount of money we would spend just because I had forgotten a brush or wipes for hands.
How to prepare for a family road trip
When I was young, I thought road trips happened by everyone just getting in the car and going and having a blast as you go!
As an adult, I have realized that there was so much more planning that happened behind what I saw that made the trip work. Traveling with kids was so much more work than I ever expected.
And if you are traveling on a budget you have to do even more planning to get the food and the activities prepped ahead of time. It can be exhausting!
The best way to get ready to take a family road trip is to start with the most important essentials and work your way to the wants.
Start with packing the essentials and then move to the fun stuff. This will ensure you get the items you need and don’t forget the important stuff.
What to bring on a road trip
There are SOOO many options for items you should bring on a family road trip that it can be overwhelming just to start.
Here are a few of my most important must pack items so you can start planning.
For the car:
In the suitcase:
Sweatshirt or Hoodie
Sunhat or Baseball Cap
Swimsuits (and towels)
Vitamins and Medications
Comfortable Walking Shoes and Sandals
Food and snacks for a road trip:
What should kids bring on a family road trip
Kids need their own little stash of stuff to keep them occupied while in the car. It is also helpful to have them a few easy to reach snacks
Free printable family road trip checklist
I realize that it is always more fun to have a colorful checklist rather than a handwritten one. So I created this family road trip checklist to help me and you to prepare for a family road trip and not forget your life! 😉
Here is how you get your free printable checklist for your family road trip. Click the image below and It will open a PDF of the printable checklist. You can download or print it from there.
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