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When you are loading up the 4-wheel drive sleigh for a ride over the river(s), through the woods and across the country, there are plenty of great road trip hacks that make your journey easier. Of course, if you are road tripping with young kids, you know that there is nothing better than a quiet backseat. Check out this awesome road trip goodie bag idea and our printable tags pack. See how easy it is to make these boredom busters for your next adventure.
Traveling with Kids
I always get excited to chat about traveling and road trips. We have covered so many miles over the years with the kids and our travel memories are among my very favorite pastimes. This blog is just brimming with all sorts of family travel content.
Here are some of my very favorites:
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- FREE Printable Adventure Bucks for Family Travel
- Top 10 NON-Tech Boredom Busters for Long Road Trips
- The 13 Beach Bag Essentials You Don’t Want to Forget!
- 15 MUST-PACK Best Baby Beach Gear Items + Printable Packing List
- Little House on the Prairie Road Trip – Pepin, Walnut Grove, De Smet
- Disney World Road Trip Essentials for Your Car
- Printable Road Trip Game – 50 Conversation Starters
Keeping the Backseat Happy
Like I said, we have covered many miles over the years with our kids at varying ages. Our biggest travel undertaking to date was the drive to and from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming from Pennsylvania. We logged more than 5,000 miles in just over 2 weeks on that adventure.
And after we returned home, I said I would take the trip again in a heartbeat. The biggest contributing factor to that sentiment? The kids were exceptionally well-behaved throughout the many, many hours on the road.
What was the reason they stayed so content and fairly quiet (they were 8 and 3 years old at the time)? BOREDOM BUSTERS. LOTS and LOTS of boredom busters.
Road Trip Goodie Bags
Sometimes when we take a really long road trip, I will keep small prizes (trinkets like snacks, dollar store items, etc) in a bag in the front seat and toss random rewards for good behavior to the kids. Other times, I make up some road trip goodie bags before we hit the road. The kids absolutely LOVE when I do this and it really does make the time go by faster.
I am really excited to share this new printable with you. I hope that you will find that it makes it easier than ever to toss some boredom busters together. (And hopefully they help keep some sanity and peace in your car during the drive).
Supplies for Road Trip Goodie Bags
Here are the supplies to have on hand for these bags:
- Bags to hold the surprise items
- Small items to put in each bag (Keep it “cheap and cheerful!” Small items, snacks, etc will work great. You don’t need big, expensive items to keep things exciting. When I made up our “treasure box” for our Yellowstone trip, I put things like Post-It Notes and Pipe Cleaners into the bag. My kids went CRAZY over every single item I handed to them. Don’t overthink your items.)
- Our printable pack
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How to Assemble Your Goodie Bags
As you can see, our printable pack includes 4 pages (well, 5 if you count the cover). One page is FULL of ideas for all kinds of different things you could put in your bags. Use this page to brainstorm ideas and feel free to add your own ideas! This page would also make a handy shopping list if you want to bring it along to the store.
Go ahead and fill your bags!
The pack also includes 3 pages of bag tags. You will see that each page is worded slightly different. Choose whichever version fits your style! You can write times on the tags like I did in the example in this post, OR you can write cities along your route, landmarks you might pass, etc. You can get as creative as you feel like!
These tags can be printed on regular printer paper or card stock – your choice.
Fold the bags to close them. You can use a piece of tape to seal the folded top if you prefer. Tape one bag tag onto the front of each bag. I recommend using a small box or bin to keep your goodie bags inside of and keep them within arm’s reach. If you are taking a truly epic journey that entails days of driving, you might choose to stretch the times out longer than 1 hour intervals or simply use landmarks or cities instead. (Otherwise you might end up with more goodie bags than you can possibly pack!)
You can always keep a few bags nearby and stack the rest in a bin and keep them in the trunk. (Be mindful of the potential hot car factor when choosing treats! For example, if you are traveling during the summer months, you might want to skip anything chocolate or otherwise melt-able!)
Let us know if you end up using this idea on your next road trip! And if you decide to give our free printables a try, let us know how they worked out for you! If you post a picture of them on social media, feel free to tag us – we’d love to see them in action!
Make sure you browse the rest of our travel content. We have tons of travel tips, tricks, hacks, reviews and, of course, more printables!