Surviving a Road Trip with Kids

We’re veterans of the “Road Trip” now! We survived… and thrived our summer road trip with our children. And they don’t hate us. We didn’t hate them. Want to know how we did it?

Here are my tips to surviving a road trip with your kids:
  1. Pack a cooler full of their favourite snacks and small meals. Fruits, trail mixes and granola bars are big hits with my children, so I was sure to have a lot of hand… reason being – they like to snack and nothing is worse than being away from home, without their normal comforts and no cheese strings.
  2. Charge that iPad and iPhone because as much as we ask them to look out the window and play games like “I spy” with us, it only lasts so long, especially when you are spending 4-7 hours  in one day driving. Spare me the “I’d never let my kids do that…”, I’d rather they zone out on the Lion King then yell at each other while I am driving on a highway in a place I’ve never been before.
  3. Stop often. I know, it slows you down. You don’t get anywhere quickly, but not everyone pees atrest stop in Batchawana Bay the same time, not everyone needs to stretch their legs at the same time, not everyone wants lunch at the same time. Try to accommodate as much as possible by planning stops every couple hours. Seek out historical monuments in advance to make a stop out of… or a road stop with a big moose statue to pose for pictures at!
  4. Let them eat the damn ice cream. Dessert every day is maybe not the best idea, but dessert every other day while on vacation, especially if it’s a “try a new flavour” adventure might buy you a pass.
  5. Scream therapy… allow me to explain this one. You’re in the wilderness, you’ve been in the car with your littles for a few hours, they’re arguing about how long they have been in the car, what day it is, what to watch on the iPad, what colour the jack of hearts is (I know, I know…), and you need an outlet! It can become a game to see who’s voice travels the farthest at a beach, in a valley, on a hill, by a waterfall, etc, etc, etc… think of how much better that will make you feel!
  6. Take them on something they’ve never been on before to break up the road trip – for us, it was the Ms. Chi-Cheemaun ferry from Tobermory to South Baymouth on Manatoulin Island. Total novelty! See video below.
  7. Take them hiking in the wilderness. Run around on a beach. Wander around a marina and marvel at boats. Get them out and expending energy.

What about you? Any tips and tricks to add? What is your fail safe survival technique?



  1. Dorothy Boucher

    August 30, 2017 at 2:07 am

    I love going on a road trip, I also know that there are so many things that have to be taken in when planning on this kind of adventure but it is all worth it.

    1. kathrynanywhere

      August 31, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      It is so worth it!

  2. paula peterson

    September 3, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I wanted to take a vacation with my girls this summer, but I’m a single mom now and I thought it might be to hard. Looks like fun 😉

  3. Sally Hill

    September 10, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Some great tips there – thanks for sharing! It’s always so important to prepare properly for hols with kids!

    1. kathrynanywhere

      September 12, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks Sally!

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