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10+ tips for car trips with kids

by Leanne

10 tips for car trips with kidsDo you have some long car trips coming up for the summer? Like most people, I will be spending quite a bit of time in my car over the next few weeks as we visit relatives, see the sights, and vacation with friends in the area, and I’m already planning ahead for the road trips with three young kiddos.

To me, road trips are a great way to bond and see the sights both near and far in ways you just can't on an airplane, and I love taking a good road trip {or three} each summer. But, because of limited space and cramped conditions, they can also be a delicate balance of having what you need with fun things to do, without packing your vehicle from top to bottom. The picture below shows a precarious suitcase tower that includes what 5 people need for a snowshoe, ski, sun, and swim trip and even with the bigger car, and all of this stuff really pushed the limits of what is manageable for a road trip.

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Here are a few tips for awesome car trips with kids:

  1. Give everyone their own space. Even if you have a small car like we do, make sure each kid has a space of their own to store their drinks, snacks, and entertainment. If you really are cramped for space, try a backseat organizer so the kids have a place for everything without creating a huge mess all over your floor.
  2. Let them express themselves. My kids are at the stage where they are ready to express their own personalities. I love encouraging my little reader with a reading light, providing a car-friendly craft kit for my artist, and creating a Hot Wheels carry-all for my little car enthusiast. If your kids are old enough, have them pack a car bag for themselves and then you can surprise them with a treat or two along the way.
  3. Bring the beats, enjoy the silence. Headphones are the perfect solution for when kids want to rock out, but parents are sick of hearing the same 5 Taylor Swift songs on repeat. Give them some headphones and you get to enjoy the silence. At least until they are hungry again.Monster Headphones on kid
  4. Have some car games in your back pocket. Our family has an ongoing game we play every time we’re in the car, but long trips make for an opportunity to play the license plate game or sign bingo. Plan ahead and purchase pre-made car games at a toy store, or you can download some really awesome ones online and print them out. 
  5. Creativity can strike anywhere. Always be prepared with sketch pads, colored pencils, and more so they can capture all they see and all that they dream up.
  6. Nourished = Happy. All parents know that the quickest way to make a kid whiny is to let them go hungry, so plan ahead and grab some easy to pack snack items so you won’t have to stop three times before you even reach Grandma’s house. Smart snacks are fresh fruit, veggies, or pre-portioned packets that travel well, even in a purse or backpack.  Road Trip foods
  7. Put an end to “Are We There Yet?” with a map program on their tablets that they can use to track our progress. As an added bonus, it also is a great learning tool because they can see the names of rivers, lakes, bridges and mountains nearby along the route. If your little one is too young for electronics, give them a printed out map to follow along on the journey.
  8. Plan on having down time. If you schedule your car trips around naps and bedtimes you can give the kids a way to recharge in the car so they arrive rested and ready to play. If you are driving through naptime or overnight, comfort is paramount. For long drives, let the kids get cozy in pajamas and with special blankets and you might be surprised at how quickly they drift off to sleep.Monster headphones in box
  9. Download some books on tape. We prefer to limit screen time, but long car rides call for some treats, and books on tape {or rather, via app} are a great way to relax and listen to a favorite book, especially for those prone to carsickness. Plug in your headphones and get lost in a book.
  10. Plot your rest stops. Take a look at your route and find places to refuel where the kids can stretch their legs while they run around and play. Bonus points if you can choose spots where you can sightsee and explore a new place.
  11. BONUS for Monster headphone owners: Share music with friends with MusicShare. With Monster N-TUNE headphones, the kids can bond with MusicShare capabilities that allow you to connect headphones together to listen at the same time. Listening to music together is one of my kids’ favorite activities, so I love that they can now experience this even with their Monster Color It Loud N-TUNE headphones when we can’t crank up the speakers. Monster headphones out of box

You can keep up with Monster on Facebook and Twitter or by following the hashtag #ColorItLoud. You can purchase these awesome headphones on Walmart.com or pick them up in store!

Leanne SignatureA big thank you to Monster Products for offering a pair of headphones for us as well as one for our fabulous readers. As always, all opinions are 100% ours.

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86 comments

Janet W. December 17, 2015 - 2:45 am

My grandson colors himself loud by wearing “loud” colored clothing and having a “loud” smile with a positive attitude.

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Adrienne Gordon December 17, 2015 - 2:58 am

By speaking their minds

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Margaret Smith December 17, 2015 - 7:22 am

My kids love to sing and dance to their music.

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Kristin Goodson December 17, 2015 - 7:37 am

My son has a huge personality! He is so funny and loves to be dramatic. He always makes funny faces and is so nice to people.

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Jeanna December 17, 2015 - 7:41 am

I would have to say my kids color themselves loud buy not being afraid to express themselves and I love that about them!

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Abigail December 17, 2015 - 9:20 am

I make my son “mix-tapes” (CDs) of his favorite songs for his birthday so he can rock out to his jams!

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charlene December 17, 2015 - 9:41 am

My daughter is in a phase where she only wears “interesting” clothes she will not wear two solid color clothes items at a time either her pants or shirt has to have a loud print.

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nickie December 17, 2015 - 9:55 am

My son has a huge personality, he tells the greatest stories.

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Tricia G December 17, 2015 - 10:14 am

My kids color their selves loud through their clothing.

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Jennifer December 17, 2015 - 12:14 pm

My kids color themselves through their bright and colorful personalities.

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Bianca Norman December 17, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Through their little attitudes! lol :p Thank you for the giveaway!

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rust December 17, 2015 - 4:52 pm

Loud through their choice of clothing and pop culture.

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Kyl Neusch December 17, 2015 - 4:54 pm

sing and dance to their music

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Tabathia B December 17, 2015 - 5:27 pm

My always lending a voice to their imagination

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DEBIJOT December 17, 2015 - 9:06 pm

My grandson has a loud personality.

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Julie Lundstrom December 17, 2015 - 10:41 pm

My son’s color personality is full of energy.

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Julie Lundstrom December 17, 2015 - 10:44 pm

He does color himself loud with so much energy and a loud voice to go with it.

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Cheryl December 18, 2015 - 11:54 am

They color themselves loud with loud clothes, loud colors, loud music, and loud talk.

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Brittney House December 18, 2015 - 6:51 pm

My kids color themselves loud with their unique outfits they wear.

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Karla R. December 19, 2015 - 12:12 pm

my daughter colors herself by singing to the top of lungs!

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JT2ofusanddeals December 19, 2015 - 1:59 pm

My daughter colors herself loud by always wearing bright colored clothes.
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Andrea2russia5 December 19, 2015 - 7:00 pm

My sons are loud with their unique personalities and sense of humour.

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DailyWoman (Lacey) December 19, 2015 - 9:13 pm

My kids color themselves loud with their out going personality.

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Evans B. December 20, 2015 - 6:21 am

My girl speaks her mind and shares what she thinks of something without anything holding her back. Love her confidence!

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Laura Bernard December 20, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Singing and dancing

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latanya December 20, 2015 - 4:37 pm

my son colors himself with his big personality

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Groogruxking40 December 20, 2015 - 4:43 pm

My nieces and nephews are always singing and dancing around the house.. I wish I had all of that energy.

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Charlene S. December 20, 2015 - 8:54 pm

They color themselves loud with bright colored shirts & dancing shoes 🙂

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Will G December 21, 2015 - 2:44 pm

They color themselves loud by expressing themselves through their art.

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Rachel December 21, 2015 - 7:03 pm

I let my son dress himself so he can express how he feels that particular day.

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Rachel December 21, 2015 - 7:03 pm

I let my son dress himself so he can express how he feels that particular day.

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Birdiebee December 22, 2015 - 12:00 am

my granddaughter colors herself loud with her unique and very bright clothing as well as with her really lively personality.

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Mary Cloud December 22, 2015 - 8:11 pm

My daughter has a very unique wardrobe that she uses to define herself

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Karen Deva December 22, 2015 - 9:12 pm

My kids color themselves loud by by being able to participate in adult conversations.

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Tina W December 23, 2015 - 2:09 am

My kids are quite bold with their fashion choices.

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Amy Z. December 23, 2015 - 10:53 am

My kids color themselves loud through their creative artwork and craft projects!

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Laurajj Jacobson December 26, 2015 - 4:48 pm

Oh he colors himself loud with his Neon lightup drumsticks!!!

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Laurajj Jacobson December 26, 2015 - 4:50 pm

Oh he colors himself loud with his lightup neon drumsticks!

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Kristi C December 27, 2015 - 1:33 am

My children color themselves loud with music, laughter, and lots of energy.

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Aaron December 28, 2015 - 1:33 am

They color themselves wild with crayons!

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Monique Rizzo December 28, 2015 - 11:08 am

My daughter likes to tell jokes all the time. Thank you for the chance.

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Kathy December 28, 2015 - 2:06 pm

By Learning to play a musical instrument

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JenR71 December 29, 2015 - 12:20 am

My daughter colors herself loud with her outrageous personality. Good for her!

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Lori Walker December 31, 2015 - 5:31 am

Their energy level dictates loudness!

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Kris O. December 31, 2015 - 8:48 am

Lots of enthusiasm and smiles color my son.

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Niki Johnson December 31, 2015 - 12:22 pm

My kids are very vocal and express their opinions often. Politely, of course. They also wear bright & fun clothes.

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Erica B. January 1, 2016 - 12:33 am

She talks in her own language.

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Melissa Tippie January 1, 2016 - 6:01 am

My son colors himself loud by telling jokes! He really enjoys making people laugh. lol Thank-you for a great #giveaway 🙂

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Cheryl Larimer January 1, 2016 - 11:52 am

He colors himself loud with dancing and making everyone laugh

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Ellie Wright January 1, 2016 - 9:34 pm

My grandson colors himself loud by marching to the beat of his own drum.

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Stephanie Liske January 2, 2016 - 10:51 am

Both of my kids do color themselves loud constantly.

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imperio January 3, 2016 - 12:22 am

My kids color it loud by listening to music and singing along.

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susan smoaks January 3, 2016 - 11:33 am

my kids cover themselves loud by dancing and singing loudly. they love to have a good time with music. it runs in the family.

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Robin Trexel January 3, 2016 - 12:00 pm

My son does it by watching movie credits on my phone.

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Stephanie Larison January 3, 2016 - 7:59 pm

Through her love of music and singing.

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MikeLovesSweeps January 3, 2016 - 10:53 pm

finger painting. They love to create fun art

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Lisa V. January 4, 2016 - 5:39 am

She does it with her clothes.

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Daniel M January 4, 2016 - 1:10 pm

he likes to sing along with the tunes

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Aubrey January 4, 2016 - 1:54 pm

My girls have their own style

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Paula Michele Hafner January 4, 2016 - 6:26 pm

My son colors himself loud in the way he plays, sings, laughs, and enters the room!

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Miz Vickik January 4, 2016 - 8:30 pm

Singing and dancing around the house!

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Keeley Sullivan January 5, 2016 - 3:17 am

My daughter loves to color herself loud with singing at the top of her lungs while doing pretty much everything lol.

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Heather Hayes Panjon January 5, 2016 - 5:31 am

They Color Themselves Loud By Being Creative.

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Jennifer Reed January 5, 2016 - 8:13 am

My daughter ‘colors herself loud” by having a gigantic personality and desire to try everything!

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Candace January 5, 2016 - 9:56 am

My boys color themselves loud with all of their energy.

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Sheila B January 5, 2016 - 4:34 pm

My kids are grown so they only way they color themselves loud is by listening to really loud music!

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Dorothy Deakyne January 5, 2016 - 4:36 pm

by telling me they are hungry

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Michelle H. January 5, 2016 - 4:42 pm

My kids have wonderful personalities and good hearts.

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Isaac Abadi January 5, 2016 - 8:58 pm

She colors with what we would call the wrong color in her coloring book, for example a purple orange.

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Crystal F January 6, 2016 - 1:56 am

My daughter has her own way of dressing. I think she dresses a little too nicely for school but she loves it. Thank you!

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Rosey January 6, 2016 - 5:43 am

My youngest two colors himself loud by playing outside with his friends. My three oldest (two grown, one a teen) color themselves loud with music.

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Tanyajoshanti81 January 6, 2016 - 7:23 am

My kids color themselves loud with loud music and loud color clothing.

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Kathy Hanley January 6, 2016 - 7:26 am

My daughter always has to have music playing no matter where she is or what she is doing.

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Lorri K January 6, 2016 - 12:53 pm

My Kids love to do their best at everything that they try. They serious contenders!

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Hollie Jahnke January 6, 2016 - 2:28 pm

My son likes to express his feeling thru music.

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Milo January 6, 2016 - 2:43 pm

They color themselves loud quite literally with the art they make!

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Roxann January 6, 2016 - 4:36 pm

My son colors himself loud through his music.

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Candie L January 6, 2016 - 5:47 pm

Apparently my son thinks screaming at his video games is how he colors his world. Thank you

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Terry Cross January 6, 2016 - 5:49 pm

They color themselves loud by listening and singing to music

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Vikki Billings January 6, 2016 - 6:49 pm

My grandson colores himself loud by using his imagination!

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Breanne January 6, 2016 - 7:31 pm

My niece likes to sing.

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Rochel Sid January 6, 2016 - 7:53 pm

My kids color themselves with their loud outspoken personalities!

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Lisa L January 7, 2016 - 5:53 pm

My kids are full of sass and opinions!

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Elizabeth Parker January 7, 2016 - 6:39 pm

My girls color themselves loud with their unique styles, ways of doing things, and for my youngest, with her LOUD voice. The love to sing, dance, and have fun, no matter where they are or who they are with.

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trixx January 7, 2016 - 8:27 pm

My daughter comes up with interesting outfits..it’s nice to see her use her imagination & be creative

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