Family Vacation Road Trip Snack Kit for Kids

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We’re going on a road trip…

Actually, we’re headed out on our family vacation at the YMCA or The Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado with a stop at The Four Seasons in Denver along the way.

This equates to fine times ahead, but a long, 10+ hour car ride to get there. Long car rides + four kids = a whole lot of fun, as you can imagine.

People always ask me how I get my kids to travel so well in the car. Long distances are nothing… in fact, each spring break the kids and I take a 36 hour round trip car ride to visit my parents in South Texas. They are little road warriors, which is a great thing.

My secret to a less harried travel experience is snacks. Lots and lots of snacks. I swear my kids could eat the entire trip if I let them (and sometimes I do if it buys me some peace and quiet along the way!)

When I saw this great idea on Pinterest, linked from the Tip Junkie site, I knew it would be a fun way to ration out the snacks for our upcoming vacation. Each kid gets their own box full of a variety of our favorite snacks. How smart is that? This way I don’t have to dole out snacks the entire way and they can snack on what they want, when they want. Pair it with a cold water bottle and I’m hoping we have happy travelers!

Instructions for creating your own travel snack kit for kids:

  • A clean, lap size tackle box with adjustable compartments. Choose one that latches closed tightly to avoid accidental spilling.
  • Small snacks that will fit within the adjustable compartments
  • If you want to get all fancy crafty on your kids, you can use puffy paint or something fun to decorate the outside. In fact get some stickers and let that be a travel activity they can do in the car on the way!
  • Simply fill the compartments with snacks, latch it up and surprise them with it once you start your road trip! It’s that easy!

What are some of your favorite tips for traveling with kids? Make sure to check out these other Kid Travel Tips from Tip Junkie!

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  1. Terri Hendricks says

    Genius! Where was this idea when I needed it! We’re heading out soon, too. Think I should make one for my big kids? DD would probably think it was cute and the boys–well, it would probably be a waste of time… Safe travels!

  2. says

    I LOVE this as it prevents one of the siblings from “hogging” the bag :) That’s the hardest thing for me with 4 boys, making sure they share equally, this totally elimanates that!

  3. says

    This is genius! I wish I’d had the idea before our road trip last week but I will definitely be saving it for Thanksgiving when we will hit the road again.

  4. says

    This is incredibly brilliant, Kristen. I don’t even have kids but am doing this for our upcoming roadtrip…my husband is kid-enough!

  5. Donna says

    Me and my kids are always on the road about twice a month for some quality time. It’s either visiting their grandparents or just going to places that they wanted to go to. With that, my husband and I are always having a hard time bringing less baggage and they’re usually because of snacks and food.

    This food travel kit is just the answer to my prayers. I’ll just bring in a few snacks and then some of this food kit.


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