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As the school year ends, many families are planning their summer vacations. One of my family’s favorite ways to vacation is by taking an awesome road trip during the summer months. While flying can often be more convenient, there’s nothing like hitting the open road and bonding with your family.

As much as I wish my kids shared my enthusiasm, road trips can sometimes leave kids bored and anxious, needing to get their energy out. I’ve put together a list of items we have used and recommend during a family road trip, broken up in age brackets. Is there something you would add to the list?


{Ages 1-4}

Summer Road Trip Younger Kids

1. Fjällräven Kånken Mini Backpack ($65) | 2. Prince Lionheart Back Seat Kick Mat ($15.99) | 3. Deluxe Snack & Play Kids Travel Tray ($19.99) | 4. Melissa & Doug Water WOW! Animals – ON the GO Travel Activity ($4.99) | 5. LeapPad3 Learning Tablet ($89.99) | 6. Disney Portable Dual DVD Players ($72.22)


{Ages 5-9}

Road Trip Older Kids

1. Fjällräven Kånken Mini Backpack ($65) | 2. MyBuckleMate ($14.99) | 3. Cardiff  Booster Seat Headrest  ($50) | 4. Portable Headrest DVD players ($129.99) | 5. VTech InnoTab Max ($109.99) | 6. On-The-Go Tegu Pocket Pouch Magnetic Blocks ($25)