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We are kicking off the summer travel season with a fun trip to San Diego this week! One of the perks of summer travel is not worrying about the kids missing any school work. I’m not against missing a little school for epic family adventures but prefer to limit those. We like to fully take advantage of summer break, we can pack in as many long weekend trips as we want without worrying about school! I have a few favorite road trip essentials that I always bring when we hit the road. Being prepared means being more comfortable and having more time/money to spend on fun rather than overpriced pit stops. Check out these 9 things that I always bring when we head out on a road trip.
I always pack a roll of Bounty Advanced paper towels when we travel. They are perfect for eating snacks, wiping up messes and can double as emergency toilet paper. Bounty Advanced are the strongest and most durable Bounty product available and work great in any situation that comes up while traveling. My favorite feature is the select-a-size feature, we can opt for smaller sheets for most things but still have the option of a bigger size when necessary.
2. Air Freshener
Long drives with 3 guys + a dog require a little extra help in the air freshener department. I love Febreze Car Vent Clips in the Hawaiian Aloha scent. We just clip it in the air vent and forget about it. Each clip lasts up to 1 month, keeping our car smelling fresh for all of our summer adventures!
3. Baby Wipes
Baby wipes are essential travel gear to me. They are perfect for sticky messes in the car, hotel room or out on an adventure. Plus some roadside pit stops lack soap, making baby wipes essential for clean hands.
4. Plastic Bags
I started packing plastic grocery sacks when the kids were little, they were necessary for tossing dirty diapers. Plus they are really great for any trash situation that may arise in the car in between stops (or later at the hotel). Plastic bags also work great for random souvenir collections like sea shells, rocks or leaves.
5. Laundry Soap
Laundry soap is also essential on all trips. On longer vacations, I usually pack half as many clothes and plan on doing a load of laundry at the hotel. I also keep one emergency laundry pack stashed in my toiletry bag for shorter excursions, even if you have enough clothes for a weekend getaway, you never know how messy the kiddos can get. I like to avoid overpriced laundry soap from a vending machine. Tide Pods are so convenient and they are much easier to pack than liquid or powder detergent that might make a mess everywhere in my suitcase. Plus Tide Pods go in the drum of any washing machine before the clothes and they work in any temperature cycle.
In this day and age it’s hard to avoid screen time and technology while traveling, and honestly, I appreciate the distraction they provide. Long road trips can be tough for little kids to endure. Remember technology can include books on CD and music too, they don’t have to stare at a screen the entire time. Most importantly don’t forget the chargers, I love portable battery chargers the best!
7. Low Tech Fun
Low-tech fun is also great for the road. From books to craft supplies, kids can have tons of fun without using any technology. My travel craft sticks are a perfect example of inexpensive, fun that can be quiet and novel. Other ideas include post it notes, coloring books, pipe cleaners, and washi tape.
8. Water – Reusable Water bottles
It’s always good to bring a couple jugs of water in case of an emergency on a road trip but reusable water bottles are way easier to drink from, besides the gallons should really be reserved for emergencies.
We bring plenty of easy options for eating in the car and also extra snacks for the hotel room. Apples, applesauce pouches, and trail mix are a couple our favorite road trip snacks.
I pick up P&G Household Needs products at Costco, the little details help make these P&G products stand out and work better for us. Plus Costco has plenty of road trip snack options. It’s a one-stop shop for just about all our road trip essentials!