Top 10 Things To Pack For A Road Trip #MomLife

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Top 10 Things To Pack For A Road Trip #MomLife

Summer has finally arrived! I’ve always enjoyed the summer season because of the joy it bring my kids and because of the time I get to spend with them. Many families include a road-trip in their summer vacation plans. Some go to a destination, while others travel to see distant family members. No matter which of the two suits your family, it’s a given that you need a vehicle that can handle the trip.

I’ve taken a number of road-trips in my life in a number of different types of vehicles. I have taken a road-trip in a two-door and it wasn’t easy. Hands down, our best road-trips have always occurred when the vehicle we were in had plenty of room – for our family, our gear, and anything we picked up along the way. The Chevrolet Traverse easily fits that bill.

With best-in-class maximum cargo space, seating for up to 8 (1) and a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety (2), the Chevrolet Traverse is a solid choice for family vacations and road-trips. Having the right vehicle certainly can make a long trip better. But, there’s still the matter of the drive. Who wants to sit in a car for hours and be bored? No one, that’s who. Road-trips should be fun. A successful road-trip will leave you with memories and stories to share. With that in mind, here’s a list of my top 10 things to pack for a road trip.

Top 10 Things To Pack For A Road Trip #MomLife

  1. Maps. Part of what makes a fun road trip fun is the things you can do along the way. While planning your road-trip check the map to see what places of interest are along your route. Include stops where everyone can get out and do something. See a historic landmark. Ride a carousel. Watch a sunset on a beach. Visit a lighthouse. Stop at an amusement park.
  2. Sunglasses, sunscreen and hats. These will be needed for those stops you planned. Sunburn is never fun, and you really don’t want to spend your vacation with one.
  3. Food and drinks. Stopping for food and drinks is expensive. It can usually be avoided by packing some of your favorite things before you leave home. Water never goes bad. It’s always good to have with you, both for drinking and to use if you need to rinse something off as well. Snacks. Well, who doesn’t like those! Pack snacks that don’t melt or upset stomachs. Do not pack chocolate. As yummy as chocolate is, it melts and makes a mess. Trail mix, crunchy snacks, cereal, potato chips, pretzels (gluten-free travel really well) are all solid options.
  4. Baby wipes. Wipes can be used for all sorts of things. There’s the obvious diaper change or accident clean up. There’s also unexpected illness, messy hands, boo-boos, and just cooling off.
  5. Small first aid kit. Sometimes things happen. So be prepared! No need to go 20 miles out of your way to find a convenience store if you have aspirin in the car. And things like skinned knees can be handled quickly by rinsing and then treating with antibiotic ointment and a bandaid.
  6. Towels and rain ponchos. Let’s face it. Sometimes it rains. There’s no need to let some rain dampen your day. Rain ponchos are inexpensive and small. It’s also great to have a couple of towels, in case you do get caught in the rain or if someone in the car gets chilly.
  7. Books, paper, activity books and colored pencils. These things offer the chance to draw things seen along the way, write down memories, play games like tic-tac-toe and just doodle. And, road-trips are a great time to work on that summer reading list.
  8. Music. I can’t even back out of the driveway without having music on. In my opinion you simply must have music on a road-trip. MP3 players are great but if you have a car full of people with headphones on they aren’t really making memories. Listen to satellite radio or utilize a streaming service (3). Or, do family karaoke by loading some songs onto your phone. In the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, connect your phone to the car and you’ll all be having fun belting out the words to the songs in no time, all while staying connected and on course while driving, Courtesy of Chevrolet MyLink (4) and 4G LTE Wi-Fi (5).
  9. Tablets and other portable electronics. They can be very useful on a road-trip. Passengers can watch a movie, read and play games.
  10. Digital camera. Take pictures of everything. The landmarks, the funny faces, the family, all of it. Pictures can be used to create a scrapbook or memory book that can be enjoyed for years.

Besides the vehicle, what is one thing that you must have for a successful road-trip?

With spacious seating, ample cargo space and available safety and entertainment technologies, there’s no better vehicle to bring the family together than the Chevrolet Traverse.

1. Standard on LS and 1LT.  Available on 2LT.  LTZ seats 7.  Not available in Ebony/Saddle Up interior color.

2. Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar.gov).

3. Data plan rates apply.

4. MyLink functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices. MyLink on Traverse does not include Gracenote functionality.

5. Requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.

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23 comments

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle July 29, 2015 - 5:26 pm

I need two things. Snacks and activities. My kids need to NOT be cranky.

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Jeanine July 29, 2015 - 6:09 pm

We don’t drive so we rarely take road trips, but these are great tips. When we happen to take the train anywhere we pack tons of snacks, books, ipads etc!

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Catherine S July 29, 2015 - 6:32 pm

What a great reminder of what to bring on a road trip. Snacks and games are a must for our road trips.

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Elizabeth Lampman July 29, 2015 - 6:59 pm

These are all important things to pack for a road trip. I always pack snacks and good music.

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) July 29, 2015 - 7:02 pm

Rain ponchos are definitely a great thing to remember. You can put them over all kinds of things to protect them from rain, not just yourself.

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Marcie W. July 29, 2015 - 7:34 pm

A roomy vehicle that can keep everyone comfortable is definitely key when it comes to taking a road trip. I am all about packing anything that can keep the kids calm and relaxed.

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Donna July 29, 2015 - 8:27 pm

I think these are all great ideas. Music and snacks are my must haves!

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Stefany July 29, 2015 - 8:58 pm

We recently took a road trip. We made sure to have things for the kids to do (movies) and us to listen to (music) plus snacks. It worked well!

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Liz Mays July 29, 2015 - 9:50 pm

I definitely have to bring a laptop and a tablet. I can’t leave without a portable charger either.

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Pam W July 29, 2015 - 10:05 pm

Snacks are definitely important. Not eating makes everyone cranky and road food can get expensive.

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Debbie Denny July 29, 2015 - 10:24 pm

Good list. We drive often and these are great for trips.

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Veronica July 29, 2015 - 10:35 pm

This is a handy list to refer to for road trips. Summer time is the perfect time for road trips

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Camesha | Mama Motivator July 30, 2015 - 12:30 am

This is a great list. The one thing I’d never considered are rain ponchos. I just got a road side assistance kit with rain ponchos in it.

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Sabrina Snyder July 30, 2015 - 1:02 am

Great list! I always feel like I pack up the whole house!

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Penelope July 30, 2015 - 1:09 am

Road trips call for good snacks and entertainment. We haven’t done a while lot of long trips with the kids though. I need to keep these things in mind for our first real trip with them.

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Tracey July 30, 2015 - 6:11 am

This is such a great post. We just came back from a road trip and I could have used your tips.

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pat.navymom July 30, 2015 - 11:42 am

Good suggestions but my must is batteries and chargers plus of course my cell phone.

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Chrystal | YUM eating July 30, 2015 - 12:03 pm

I pack all of this stuff, and then some. My husband makes fun of me sometimes but one of these days he’ll be glad I was overly cautious.

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Annie July 30, 2015 - 8:16 pm

I agree with the baby wipes. So many times the snacks I pack get my kids sticky or a spill happens and those wipes really come in handy. Great tips!

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Kiwi July 31, 2015 - 4:04 am

Music is a super priority for roadtrip! My last roadtrip was interesting because our SiriusXM radio wasnt working or Pandora so we had to listen to the stations on the road…next time I am creating a full playlist for the road!

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Brandy July 31, 2015 - 5:04 pm

These are such great tips! I take day road trips with my trio often and I pack water, snacks, toys, tablet, paper, pens, pencils, crayons anything I can think of that will keep them occupied!

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Christie August 3, 2015 - 7:57 am

Thank you for putting sunglasses on this list! I always seem to forget them!

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Candy O August 5, 2015 - 12:26 am

I’m going to have to agree with all of these items! Helps us all travel well. Thanks!

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