top of page

A Road Trip Picklist When Traveling With Babies And Toddlers

A Road Trip Picklist When Traveling With Babies And Toddlers

The thought of a road trip is always exciting because it comes with the promise of having a good time while marveling at mother nature's gifts to us like the scenery we don’t enjoy in our day-to-day lives. It is also an opportunity to unwind and catch up with friends or family while on the road.

But for a road trip to be successful, a lot has to go into planning. More attention to planning is even required when you are bringing along the little ones. There are things as an adult that you need but might just do ok without but for the little guys forgetting something is not an option. It is for this reason that this article has compiled a list of things to pack for a trip that you will bring babies along.

A Road Trip Picklist When Traveling With Babies And Toddlers

Games and toys

Kids get bored easily and will eventually need something to play with. Before each trip make sure you carry at least a toy or a game they can enjoy while traveling.

Pit stop play craft

Apart from having the kids entertained in the car, it is also advisable to carry some toys they can play with during your various stops. During stops, a football or jump ropes are good ways to keep them entertained.

Buckets and plastic bags

In case of motion sickness, these two come in handy. Plastic bags will do just fine when it's older children. Younger children are not good at aiming and you don’t want to risk messing up your vehicle’s interior. A simple plastic beach bucket will come in handy when car sickness hits. Make sure to keep it in an easy-to-reach position as it won’t do you any good keeping it hidden in the trunk under the rest of the luggage.

Travel snacks

Ensure you pack some snacks and bittings that the little ones come to get busy with while you are on the road. Fruits whether dried or fresh, some cereal too would do the trick. A cooler box is a great idea for foods that need cooling. You may want to include one or two “forbidden” snacks to encourage good behavior.

A Road Trip Picklist When Traveling With Babies And Toddlers


Emergency kit

Ensure you carry an emergency kit. This can include basic medication like painkillers, motion sickness medication, antihistamines as well as any prescription medicine. Make sure the emergency kit as well as the medication is easily accessible. Do not store them in the trunk with the other luggage.

Choice of vehicle

Other than packing, the type of vehicle you select for your trip is very crucial. The number of people going on the trip is one thing to consider when making this selection. If you have a family of five, for example, an ordinary five-passenger vehicle may not be ideal.

This is where a 7-passenger SUV rental would just be perfect. If you are new to car rental, you will want to check out cars for rent on the internet to know how to rent a 7-passenger vehicle for less. is a great site to consider. You can compare prices on the site and also get to know the policies of different rental companies.

Digital Entertainment

This may include:

  • Audiobooks - Stories keep imaginations active and families entertained on the road. Audiobooks are a great way to get these stories without having to carry hard-copy books. This also saves on space.

  • Music playlist-. Downloading everyone’s favorite songs is a great way to pass the time and keep everyone happy. Choose songs that appeal to all family members, so that everyone is excited to listen along.


Kids enjoy taking photos. A digital camera is a great way to store these wonderful memories for the future. Make sure to bring one with you.


Having water in the car at all times is non-negotiable. It is important to keep everyone hydrated during the trip. Make sure to carry refillable water bottles for refills any time you get the opportunity.


A Road Trip Picklist When Traveling With Babies And Toddlers

Cell phone portable chargers and cords

Nobody forgets their cell phone anymore. It is, however, important to confirm you have your phone with you during your trip. You’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

A variety of portable devices such as your phone, mp3 player, or laptop computer will eventually require charging no matter how full the battery is at the beginning of the trip. Make sure you bring your charger and cords.


Bring with you a printed map just in case your phone is off or has no signal reception. It is also a great way to teach the kids map reading skills.


A Road Trip Picklist When Traveling With Babies And Toddlers

Take Away

When taking that road trip with toddlers, preparation is key. The items discussed above are some of the must-haves when you take that road trip with your kids. If you are using a car rental remember to bring your baby car seat to avoid extra charges as they are charged per day. With that said and done, hope you have a blast on the road with the kids!


FUN WITH KID IN LA®: Where Fun and Family

Come Together, All in One Place!


A Road Trip Picklist When Traveling With Babies And Toddlers

A Road Trip Picklist When Traveling With Babies And Toddlers


bottom of page