15 Car Trip Activities to Make Your Next Road Trip an Adventure, Not a Nightmare!

Holiday time is here! You’ve packed the bags, set the GPS and loaded the kids into the car. Now what? Hours of agonising, “Mummmmmmyyyy, are we there yet?” whines, kids kicking the back of your seat and sibling spats?


Or, you could try some of these genius ideas to keep the kids busy, calm and complaint-free during your family road trips.

divider-3DIY travel bingo from Say Yes.

travel bingo printable game

divider-3A kid-sized travel pillow, plus carrying case, from It’s Always Autumn!

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This take along magnetic pattern block tray from Make It & Love It.

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divider-3Turn a wipes carrier into a felt board like The Grassy Noall did.

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divider-3A homemade car travel tray from Two Sisters Crafting.

We used a cookie sheet and some scrap fabric to make this DIY Road Trip Travel Tray - a must have item on a multi-hour car trip with a toddler! For more fun Kid's Crafts, follow us on Pinterest.

divider-3Clothespin letter match busy bag from Craftulate — it’s easy to take along and travel!

Clothespin Letter Match Busy Bag by Craftulate

divider-3Velcro dot craft sticks, from Powerful Mothering, make shapes and more.

free play with velcro dot craft sticks aka popsicle stick shapes

divider-3Use a pencil bag to make a cute travel kit, like the Princess and the Tot did.

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divider-3Sort colours with Learning and Exploring through Play’s busy bag.

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Belinda's a passionate advocate for community and connection. As the founder of the Mum Central Network she’s committed to celebrating the journey that is Australian parenthood. Mum to two cheeky boys, and wife to her superstar husband, they live a busy but crazy lifestyle in Adelaide. Great conversation, close friends and good chocolate are her chosen weapons for daily survival. Oh, and bubbles. Champagne is key.

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