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Road Trip Survival Guide

Updated on March 28, 2019

Plane, train, boat or the Asphalt Moat?

Planes, Trains, & Automobiles

A road trip is not only taken in the car, it can be any mode of transportation, including that custom harley You've dreamt (or not) of. I'd say the real road trip is when you go on a walk about (or if there's jsut some sort of emergency as well in which this will help too).

Whatever mode you choose to use, you are on a journey to adventure. Road Trip adventures are not just for the summer time, they're great any time of year you jsut need to get away. I remember when I was little my parents and I would go to my pop-pop's (grandfather) every weekend, in fact one of those weekends we ended up bringing my first pet home.

Here I will try to help you pack (see the pack a sac section) keep you & any other members of your family from stressing out, and my main reason for this lens but to entertain you & most importantly the backseat, in the car, plane (or stuck at the airport) or anything else, (as for boats and fishing... I have yet to figure that out other than reading a magazine!)

Road Trip Survival Kit

Anything in this list is for you & friends or just family entertainment as well as individual.

I've tried my best here with suggestions and including some travel games and so on, on the page for your purchasing convenience.

I'm not sure how some feel about audio books, I hate them. I need to do the actual reading, for me its just not interesting in this way, I can't get into the book and so on. I'd rather use an e-reader than hear it on audio.

In a seperate back pack or field (messenger bag) for each person toys, walkmans, notebook etc for you & your kids entertainment

A to Z travel trips See 'ALWAYS' bring toiletpaper see the rest on the right side bar on their page

Other ideas

High Road BackPockets Car Seatback Organizer

Contigo AUTOSEAL Kangaroo Water Bottle with Storage Compartment, 24-Ounce, Blue

  1. Audio book(s)
  2. ipods or cd player & Headpphones & CDs (best to burn a few mixes)

    bring an assortment of cds (depending on how long you will be going away and with)

    5 cds (have each person bring 5 of their own so everyone has their kind of music with them especially new ones, and if you have a chance to purchase another one or two while away, go for it!)

  3. Chargers for all your electronics, extra batteries in various sizes for kids toys etc.
  4. Plenty of snacks in a variety. Gummies, Granola, crunchy crackers or potato or nacho chips
  5. a mesh bag for the wet bathing suits (what some use as laundry bags)

    or after ringing them out, a one gallon size ziplock for the adult size suits or if there's bigger than that for the whole family.

  6. ZIPlock baggies in a variety of sizes to protect the e-readers and any bottles with fluid in them from leaking.
  7. Earplugs nose plugs, goggles Swimmies rafts noodles etc for water play & swimming
  8. a notebook (for each person) to write about your trip put lined paper for the writing as well as blank paper for drawing & doodling or 'scrapbooking' Have business cards, pamphlets etc? use them to make a page for each place you go and thing you do.

    If going as a family you can use a regular size binder, for a family trip log.

    Pens, pencils (color?) & crayons or markers

  9. Travel games that can be used during transportation, also a basic pack of cards for card games & dice. They travel well. (& no small pieces)

    also puzzle books like mazes, word finds crosswords, logic puzzels, coloring books,

  10. Pencil case

    include Pens (include erasable ones) pencils, colored pencils, crayons markers, safety scissors, eraser, & pencil sharpner (or use the retractable pencils so you won't need to carry around a sharpener) & a few glue sticks

  11. CAMERA

    (not jsut the cell phone one, they are only good for certain types of shots)

    Disposeable esp. if you are going to exotic seas they have DISPOSEABLE underwater cameras!

    FIlm if you want to have some nice long lasting 'art' like prints

    Digital for those quicky shots

  12. Magazines (for you and the kids)

    Does your oldest like comics? buy a few special for the trip Or if they like skateboarding or want to learn to surf grab a magazine of that theme off the rack. Is Your young girl gaga for Bieber or other male star? Get her one of those teen pin-up mags ans so forth. Get yourself a people magazine those are smusing to read on vacation and you have a cross word puzzle to work on in back!

  13. Flash Lights

    (weather you are staying at a family or friends house or just a hotel. You may never know if there may be a power outtage.

  14. Make a portable Emergency candle with an ALTOIDS tin

    Emergency/ Camping Candle

    If you have an unscented candle and want a scent to it, be sure to get an essential oil you like the smell of & mix it into the melted wax.

    Make a survival kit out of an Altoids tin

    Sewing, First Aid & toothcare tins

    see more Survival Hacks here

  15. Flip Flops

    weather its winter or summer they are used for walking along the beach &pool sides as well as they are usually waterproof So if that isn't the case you can use them as slippers especially when you get out of the shower.

  16. Be it on a LONG road trip or for Emergency Raptor Solar Charger the 4th pic
  17. Going camping? Don't forget a tent, tarps, a pocket shovel (for a trench) & if you want if available.. This new twist on the Hammock

Instead of using plastic & paper bags, be Green on your trip fix your kids non=perishable snacks in their lunch tote and leave it in the back seat with them.

Have a water bottle (different color) for each person (& not sure which is better the aluminum or plastic but the plastic one I have here, you can even put snacks in or if you have cans of soda, use the snapp cap re-closeable can lids !


How to “Stay-cation” With Your Pets

Trip Log information

Organizers, Trash & more

To make your life easier...use a small container (like the tall Chinese take out ones) that will fit UNDER the console between the front seats (so you don't take away foot room. Keep some plastic shopping bags in it, and have one opened to throw your stuff in. Then when you find a bigger trash can along the way at a rest stop, just drop it in.

You can use a toiletry wrap (with the pockets etc) for back seat passengers to hold snacks and drinks. A shoe organizer would help too.

soft boxes to leave on the floor can hold drinks, an assortment of toys, activities, snacks etc for any age even adults (yeah I mean things like getting them off the phone and letting them play video games, or some sort of car bingo.

Back seat console

Diono Travel Pal Car Storage, Features a Deep Storage Bin for Toys and Large Items, Black
Diono Travel Pal Car Storage, Features a Deep Storage Bin for Toys and Large Items, Black

When we travel we all take a bottled drink as well as end up getting something on the road. Sadly some cars do not come with cup holders let alone ones for the back. Same goes with a pocket to put a magazine or book. So I use this one. in the front or back wherever and whenever needed. Now there's no more spills from the kids (or adults) Its a great utility item. Holds a host of toys, and activities, or just a spot to hold food or garbage.


Games - & other game suggestions

Pocket Travel Wind up Fishing game

Melissa & Doug Flip to Win Hangman

Hasbro Travel Trouble game

Melissa & Doug License Plate game (or you can print some activities here)

License Plate Game * U.S. & Canada License Plates * Find it (I spy)

10 Roadtrip games for the whole family * Battleship *

Punch buggy/Slug Bug

Mesh nylon bags for collecting sea shells

Kid Tips

& babies too

Have more than one child? Place an ice chest between them to divide territory in the back seat. and added plus, if it has a flat top will double as a desk for writing & playing games

Tire the kids out toss around a frisbee or football and they get their excersise too!

If you are traveling with children regardless of what age, plan plenty of pit stops. The best way to plan them is to time them withbreaks at historical sites, zoos, museums and so on.

& YES there's apps for that Rest Area Finder and Google earth

try to skip the highway stops for parks with rest rooms. NOt only do you need to get out and strech but the kids do too (even if they don't walk yet)

Does your youngest have the most stuff? Check with the hotel (etc) to see if they have the highchairs, cribs/craddles, saftey gates and so on first.

There's also a link in the list that will rent items out (esp. for those grandparents with Guest babies.)

Rent a home or condo if you are going to be there for more than 2 days especialy if you need more than one room.

free printable kids games

General Tips & Tricks

Look into museum or zoo & amusement park memberships as they are usually not much more than the cost of the tickets. Alot of times you receive discounts on the total ticket price, resturants & giftshops.

While at your destination hotel, or family member and so on, come up with a scavenger hunt for the kids (& even adults) keep them busy so you can have some time to yourself & enjoy your vacation as well.

Maybe your children can learn a new activity like sewing, knitting, and such. You are in a new place do some new stuff.

When your vacation is over & you are on your way home, ditch cooking just pick something up on the way home.

"keep minor or major Disasters in check

Flat tire, reconize that this is normal but you may want to get your car a check up before you go away (if you already had it inspected) Try to time the inspection a week or so before your vacation. So that it will be in tip top shape

life is stressful, which is why we get vacations, but do we get a vacation from the Vacation? Yes Vacations are stressfull too packing, getting everyone together, setting up plans and so on. So try to do some of it each day a few months ahead of time, as well as try to plan to have 2 days after you get home off as well. To make up for any jet lag, unpacking from the vacation, laundry etc.

Consider a trip without an ER vacation a success and everything else is just the cherry on the icecream.

Anger is contagious as well as calm, if you get angry & start yellingmmore likely everyone else will as well and may resent you for ruining their calm.

If you are going overseas & need a passport.. be sure to get it done a few months in advance. we did ours a month or 2 in advance & we thought we were not going to receive them in time.

Get the foreign currency you will need from your bank. This way you have it with you when you get there in case its hard to find a currency exchange office.

If you are taking your cell phone check to see how much it will cost you extra to use with international call as well as roaming charges.

TRY to not use your phone much other than for letting others know where you are going and in case of emergency.

Packing 101

Vegitarian Travel Tips

Pack Smart

Packing - Eagle creek packing solutions

Get better organized when you pack here's a system I have some items from, that I LOVE!

Packing Light tips

They have packing folders for your dress shirts, hidden wallet sacks for your leg, bra, and one you can wear around your neck to hide away your money (some oare even big enough for your passports! A bag for the dirty laundry, Toiletry bags & Bottle set, organizers for trip gear, fishing reel & line or maybe you ski there's one that will fit those big bulky gloves & mask in and so on, a mobile locker. and more. Plus great quality luggage

a few years back I purchased a few items, the folder, one of the smaller 'cubes' and a few other odds & ends. They're great. I use the cube for socks They have one you can roll up your 't's & put in.

use different set colors to seperate your spouces from you clothes so you can find everything easier.

Here I've included a few of the basics, including a couple money hideaways instead of it all being in your pocket or wallet.

Link is in the links section. When in the site, look under Packing Solutions tab to check out all there is.

Emergency - are you the adventerous type?

Also Survival guides

The Survival Handbook: Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure

How to build the perfect bug out bag

98.6 degrees the art of keeping your ass alive

SAS survival handbook: How to Survive in the WIld, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea

How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way


a good idea to do if you have children, make them snack bags with a few different snacks in it & their favorite flavors so they enjoy themselves and hopefully don't start fighting. Do one of them prefer gummy fish to Gummy bears or Worms? then give them the fish.

(as for me I LOVE the gummy fish I remember buyig them for a penny a piece as a little kid...Gods I'm old!)

  • Gummie bears
  • Granola bars
  • Something crunchy like Crackers, potato chips (Pringles short stacks are great & everyone can have their fave flavor) or nacho chips
  • Gum & mints
  • a reusable water bottle for everyone to refill
  • juice boxes and bottles for the kids
  • Chilled fruits (slices or chunks)
  • frozen tubes of yogurt
  • PB & J sandwiches (be sure to use the good stuff like Jiff, Skippy or Peter Pan)
  • a tin or bag of nuts or better yet mixed Peanuts, Almonds, pecans, walnuts,
  • boxes of raisins
  • Hard Boiled eggs
  • Candy/Chocolate bars
  • String Cheese

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    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      I do love a great road trip, especially when we are well prepared!

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      6 years ago

      Great common sense tips about a road trip that we don't always think about.

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      6 years ago

      It never fails that as soon as we leave on a trip, one of the electronic devices needs new batteries!Good tips! We always store an assortment of extra batteries in the car.

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      6 years ago

      Great TIPS. Safe travel:

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      6 years ago

      The 3-day weekend was just over, and after reading your road trip survival guide, I want to hit the road again. :-) And hey, thanks so much for adding my travel tips lenses to your travel resources below. I appreciate it!

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      Anthony Altorenna 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Good tips! We always store an assortment of extra batteries in the car. It never fails that as soon as we leave on a trip, one of the electronic devices needs new batteries!

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