I ‘ve been road tripping around the country since I was 18, and when I had my son, I was not going to stop the road trip excursions. It was easy to road trip with him when he was a baby, but as he got older, he let me know how bored or hungry he was every 5 minutes. That is when I decided to create the best road trip DIY ideas to keep the family entertained.
From snacks to games and even projects, I started creating something new for every trip. As my son got older, I started letting him help me create the games and snack ideas. This made him more excited about the trip we were about to take. I would always have a couple surprises hidden under the front seat though, which he caught on to pretty quick.
The Snack Pack
It’s all about the food. We would get about five minutes down the road and I would hear, I’m hungry. Whether he was hungry, or just board, I always had a solution. The snack pack was fun to create, and really came in handy for long trips. Remember to take water and juice for the road too.
Popsicle Picture Puzzle
The great thing about this project is that it will keep the kiddos before the trip and during the trip. This is a fun craft for the adults to create too.
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Painted or colored picture – you can use one out of a coloring book
Scissors and xacto knife
- Measure your popsicle sticks to the picture you are going to use.
- Color the picture, if you paint it, make sure it is dry.
- Turn the picture over and decoupage a small portion of it at a time.
- Place the popsicle sticks on the decoupaged part.
- Place something heavy on the popsicle sticks until it is all dry.
- Once the whole thing is dry, turn it over.
- Put a layer of decou page on the colored side of the picture, let it dry.
- Using the Xacto knife to separate the popsicle sticks and trim it up with the scissors.
Tin Can Fishing Game
This is a fun craft that can be created with any kind of container. I just happened to have an Altoid container laying around.
Small Round Magnets
Felt in different colors
String or yarn
- Cut 6 fish shapes out of the felt.
- Glue the fish shapes onto the magnets
- Let them dry completely.
- Tie a piece of string to the popsicle stick.
- Glue the other end of the string to a magnet and glue a piece of felt on top of it.
- Store the fish magnet and the stick in the tin container.
- You can decorate the container with paint or scrapbook paper too.
Plastic Container Coloring Kit
Plastic craft container, or pencil box
Crayons or colored pencils
Printed sheets to color or small coloring book
Paint markers and stickers to decorate the box
This is one that doesn’t really need directions. Keep it handy in the car (or take to restaurants) and keep everyone entertained. It’s something fun for the kids to do on the road. They can also use the container to store trinkets they get while on the road.
Cookie Sheet Games
Metal cookie sheet
Felt in 2 different colors
Dry erase marker
- Get creative, paint a tic-tac-toe board, or a checkers board onto half of the cookie sheet.
- To make the tic-tac-toe or checker pieces, cut O’s and X’s out of the felt.
- Glue the felt pieces to the round magnets, let dry.
- For checker pieces, cut out 12 circles in each color for the pieces and glue them to the magnets.
- Glue a magnet to the dry erase marker.
- Use the other side of the cookie sheet to keep score or draw pictures or play other games.
- Store all the magnetic items on the cookie sheet.
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Road Trip Safety Kit
Taking a road trip is a little different now. Be sure you have everything you need to stay safe while on the road.
Thermometer- One of the symptoms of COVID-19 is a fever. So it’s not a bad idea to keep one handy in the car. Just to be on the safe side. Bandaids and Disinfectant- Aside from getting sick, cuts and scrapes are bound to happen on trips (especially hiking). Medicine – Tylenol, medicine for upset stomach; etc. Better to have these things on handy instead of having to run to a store. Nozin® Nasal Sanitizer® antiseptic – It’s the #1 hospital-trusted product for daily nasal decolonization. It contains alcohol which kills 99.99% of germs and keeps working for up to 12 hours. Use it to kill any viruses and stay healthy.
Face Mask – there are so many to choose from, and I highly recommend you bring a few on your trip.
Hand sanitizer – I like the spray hand sanitizer, if you can find it butgel works fine, too.
Gloves – Take a few pairs with you on the road (or purchase a box) these are great to have when you are getting gas or needing to use a rest stop.
Tissues or napkins – for pushing buttons on elevators, grocery stores, or anything others may touch. Throw away when you are done.
Sunscreen – Keep your skin safe too. Use SPF 30 or higher to be safe.
Water – You should drink a lot of water when you are on a trip, it helps keep you healthy and hydrated. Keep a cooler in the trunk or a pack of water.
Hat – Not just an accessory but sometimes a necessity. And great to have when you are taking a hike or going fishing.
Snacks – I like to have snacks everywhere I go; you don’t want that blood sugar going low. Pack healthy snacks like nuts, trail mix, and granola bars.