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How to Survive a Road Trip With the Family

“I have been compensated for this post in the form of a product. All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post is sponsored by the National Association of Convenience Stores”

Summer is here and for many families, this means a road trip is in order. A long car ride can bring your family closer and help you make memories that will last a lifetime. Or, it can leave you trying to figure out how long it would take to unlock the door, open it, and jump while going down the road. Seriously, a person can only hear “Are we there yet” or “Mom! She’s touching me” so many times before they lose their mind. While some bickering and whining is pretty much inevitable when traveling with kids, there are steps you can take to make sure you survive the family road trip.


Pack Activity Bags

Kids get bored easily and sometimes, that boredom results in bad or annoying behavior. To prevent this, pack an activity bag for each child. Fill backpacks with things like dry-erase boards, crayons, puzzle books, stickers, small toys, and books. The activity bags will give them something to do and the best part? They are inexpensive to put together.

Bring Comfort Items

Allow each of the kids to bring one comfort item for the ride. This could be a special blanket, a stuffed animal, or even a pillow. If you are traveling overnight or long distances, a pillow or blanket is especially helpful. 

Make Plenty of Stops

Even if you are just traveling a few hours, be prepared to make some pit stops. Swing into a convenience store to give the kids a chance to use the restroom, grab a snack, and burn some energy. You can also stop at rest areas and parks to give them a short break from the car. While stopping may seem like a nuisance, it will definitely make the ride more bearable.

Pack Some Snacks

It seems that kids are always hungry, so snacks are a must-have on any family road trip. Try to avoid the sweets though, because I promise you…. there’s nothing worse than cooped up kids with a sugar high. Opt for healthy snacks such as raisins, carrot sticks, granola bars, and fresh fruit. If you forget the snacks or run out, not need to panic. With over 150,000 convenience stores in the United States, you are likely to see a few on your drive. This is the perfect opportunity to let the kids stretch their legs, use the restroom, and pick out a healthy snack. Or, if you want to spoil the kids a little, let them pick their favorite color slushies!


Relax and Enjoy the Ride

Having a plan and schedule is important when taking a road trip. However, sometimes kids have plans of their own that might not mesh with yours and you should expect the unexpected. Just relax and remember that it is not the end of the world. If you get worked up every time something doesn’t go exactly as planned, you will spend the entire trip stressed out.

Play a Game

One way to keep the kids entertained is to play a game. And no, I’m not talking about the electronic games that will have the kids comatose for hours. It is time to get old-school with stuff like I Spy, Road Trip Bingo, and Tic-Tac-Toe. You can even look for some travel board games before the trip. Games are also a good way to keep the kids interacting with the family.

With a little preparation and planning, you can help make your family road trip an enjoyable experience. And, next time you hit the road, stop at a convenience store and check out everything they have to offer. You will find everything from hot meals and healthy snacks to phone chargers, batteries, and anything else you might need.


The National Association of Convenience Stores is on a mission to bring more positive perceptions of the convenience store industry by creating new tools, sharing data, and forming new partnerships. You can learn more here.

According to the NACS Summer Drive Survey, the top reasons people stop during summer drives are to use the bathroom, get gas, and buy food or drinks. This is true for me, though not necessarily in that order. What is the main reason you stop at convenience stores? Find out more about the survey by visiting the NACS website.

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