Summer Travel Must Haves

Summer travel as a family is one of my favorite things to do.  The memories made last a lifetime.  Sometimes I do feel though like it is A LOT of work (especially in mom) to get it all together so the trip goes smoothly.

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Today I am sharing my top travel must haves if you are hitting the road this summer with kids!


  • DVD Players – hands down the electronic most used by my kids when making a long trip.  #sorrynotsorry
  • Headphones – This is guaranteed to help save your sanity just a bit during a long trip.
  • Cooler – Having a small cooler loaded with cold water, some fruit and healthy snacks will decrease the amount of stops you need to make during your trip.  It also is a money saver as well.
  • Charging Cables – I love extra long charging cables.  Whether just at home, or in the car during a trip.
  • Car Games – I am the first to admit I am all in on electrics and devices in the car, but  games are also a nice break for the kids.  I try to keep it simple with very few pieces that can get lost.
  • Car Organizers – I have these in my car most of the time. (You can check out my entire Mini Van Organization if you haven’t seen it yet) Keeping a change of clothes for each kid is always a lifesaver, but when traveling it really does help just in case it’s needed.
  • Packing Cubes – To be honest, I really didn’t buy into the whole packing cube style of packing at first.  I thought it was unnecessary and unneeded.  Boy have I changed my mind.  This is SO helpful for packing certain outfits all together, or corralling clothes if sharing a suitcase between kids.
  • First Aid Kit , Travel Potty, Blanket – Again these are all items I try to keep in my car year round.  If you don’t already have them, it is a good idea to stash these must haves in your trunk.


Remember the more you prepare before you leave for a trip, the more you get to enjoy the moments during.

Do you have any must have items for traveling as a family?  Let me know in the comments!

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