An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Road Trip Hacks: Traveling With Little Ones!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Road Trip Hacks: Traveling With Little Ones!

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We ventured up to Minneapolis this weekend, escaping the nasty, never ending summer of Texas. It was a treat to wear jeans again, even if it did mean I had to dig out my old maternity jeans. While we didn't road trip the 1100 miles north, we did road trip out to DFW airport (arguably a long car ride) and traveling with a toddler got me inspired to share my road trip hacks with you.

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When you have wee ones, organization and planning ahead is KEY. When you're organized and plan ahead, the whole process is so much easier. I like to start with a quick shopping trip to Tom Thumb, because there's one located about six blocks from my house. That level of proximity already makes things easier!

Road trips are fun and deserve special treats, but I don't like to go overboard with the junk food - especially the sugar. Sugar highs and toddlers/husbands can be a bit much in the confined space of a car. I like the whole grains in Triscuits Original, and the protein punch in Peanut M&M's. We're Texans, so tortilla chips are a must and the Restaurant Style by Tostitios is so tasty!

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Y'all know I'm anti soda and anti-sugary drinks in general, but I learned that Capri Sun cut the amount of sugar in its product AND there's no high fructose corn syrup in it. A product straight after my little yogi heart! Plus the packaging makes it so easy to consume in a moving car. Finally, I love a breath freshener like Orbits gum. It helps me stay awake for any long, monotonous drives.

Easy access to these products while driving is essential. Instead of a big cooler, I like smaller ones because the car is already full enough with luggage and toddler gear. To keep your beverages from getting wet and dripping all over you, I like to pack the ice in little baggies. Then I put my non-cold food items in a plastic bag within arms reach. Using the bag the grocer gave you is great because it doubles as a trash bag when you're done with your treats!

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While road trips are fun and a time to let yourself have some treats, I want to still provide nutritious food for my family. I don't want items that are too greasy (I do not need to clean up greasy little finger prints off the back of my seats!) or that veer too far from the way we typically eat (no additional emergency bathroom stops, please and thank you!)

When you're packing the family up for your next road trip, I recommend getting products that are "treats" but still reasonably healthy for your family to consume. Keep them in easy arms reach, reuse the bags from the store for trash, and downsize your cooler for an easier fit. All these road trip hacks will lead you to a fun final destination!

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Finally, remember to enjoy the ride!


  1. I can remember growing up I loved road trips because it was the only time my mom would let us pick out "snacks" for the trip. I pretty much always now have snacks in my purse because yeah traffic. Ohhhhh I want to try those Mega M&Ms. Those would probably be demolished in two days with me.

  2. I haven't had capri sun in the longest time but I did see some of their new commercials and I'm happy they reduced their sugar! Sounds like the car ride was a success! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. additional emergency bathroom stops - hahaha yeah that would suck. not gonna lie, road trips totally means junk food / bad food for me lol. but if i had a kid, different story. like you said - greasy fingertips no thank you!

  4. I was a huge Capri Sun fan as a kid. You're making me crave it!

    I laughed at the additional bathroom stops bit. Ha! That would be a disaster.

    M&Ms are a total road trip necessity for me. When we drove to John's parents' house this weekend we didn't have time to stop and I felt like all was wrong in the world. :P

  5. Great tips. I totally need to put the ice in little baggies rather than just throw it in my cooler. Why didn't I think of that? haha. thanks for the tip.

  6. Snacks are a must when traveling with littles! Fun, special snacks can be great to distract them.

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