10 Essentials to Pack for a Road Trip with Kids

10 Essentials to Pack for a Road Trip with Kids

Traveling with children can be a challenge, especially during long road trips. Here are essentials if you have a long road trip ahead of you.

Here are our recommended essentials for a road trip with kids.

Snacks and Drinks

Having a variety of snacks and drinks on hand ensures that your little ones are satisfied and hydrated throughout the journey. Some healthy snacks such as fruit, granola bars, and crackers are great to have on hand, and of course a few treats like cookies or lollies for special moments.


Bring along plenty of entertainment options for your children, such as books, colouring books, and toys. If possible, a portable DVD player or tablet for movies and games is a great option too. Don’t forget to pack headphones for each child!

Portable Chargers

On that note – portable chargers are also essential for keeping your children’s devices charged and ready to use throughout the journey.

Pillow and Blankets

Comfortable sleeping arrangements are key for a successful road trip. Pack a pillow and blanket for each child to ensure they get a good nap in when needed.

First-Aid Kit

No matter how careful you are, accidents can happen. Pack a first-aid kit with band-aids, pain relievers, anti-septic cream and any other necessary medications.


Sunscreen is essential, especially if you’re traveling in the summer months. Make sure to pack enough sunscreen for the entire trip, and re-apply it regularly throughout the day (on your little ones and yourself too!)

Wet Wipes

Wet wipes are a lifesaver! With snacks and drinks often comes sticky fingers and spills. Always be sure to have wet wipes ready and available for a quick and fuss-free clean up if needed.

Trash Bags

This is a good one to remember especially when travelling with children. Keep your car clean and organised throughout the trip and save yourself the effort of a big clean out when you arrive at your destination. Remember to pack enough for the drive there and back.

Change of Clothes

As we mentioned before, accidents happen. It’s always a good idea to pack extra clothes for your children that are easy to access without having to unpack the entire car or suitcase.

Car Games and Activities

Bring along car games and activities to keep your kids entertained and engaged during the journey. Games like “I Spy” and “20 Questions” are classic options, and colouring books and word search puzzles can also provide hours of entertainment.

While family road trips are fun, that time in the car can certainly feel a lot longer for your little ones! By packing smart and being prepared, you’ll be able to enjoy the journey and create lasting memories with your family.

The good news? Once you arrive at any of our Tasman Holiday Parks, there is an abundance of entertainment available for your little ones.

So, sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday.

Book your stay with us at Tasman Holiday Parks and enjoy your moments of freedom!

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