My Perfect Roadtrip Bag Plus Giveaway

Today I am participating in a blog hop with a few of my closest blogging friends. What’s a blog hop? It’s an event where bloggers get together to write content associated with a specific theme – in our case, “My Perfect Roadtrip Bag” – and YOU get to move from one blog to another to read our posts and enter to win our giveaway! More on that at the end of this post.

My memories of family road trips are both good and bad. Playing Life in the back of a station wagon. Sleeping stretched out across the back shelf of a 1970s Pontiac. Squeezing into the footwell with the dog while my three siblings took up the back seat. Sitting for hours (or so it seemed) in traffic jams on the New York Thruway. And the excitement of a change of scenery, a visit with family, an adventure.

Now that I have a family of my own, we are always jumping in the car to visit family in New Jersey, go skiing in Maine, visit friends in Connecticut, or just go exploring on our own. My mom always packed a cooler and a thermos and outside of playing the license plate game or a game of geography, I can’t remember what we used to do to pass the hours. With all the practice I’ve had preparing our family for road trips, I’ve got my own system for getting us through the druggery of Interstate 95 in Connecticut and the gridlock of the Cross Bronx Expressway.

Today I want to share what I pack in my bag for a family road trip. But I’m just one person and everyone is different so I’ve joined in on a blog hop so we can peek into the bags of many bloggers and get ideas for your ideal road trip bag.

Plus, you’ll have a chance to win a bag of your own…and something special to put it in (keep reading for details!)

What to Pack for a Family Road Trip

What to pack for a family road trip -- some good ideas of what to pack for a roadtrips including one book that will help you find the best roadside diners.

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But first, here is what you’ll find in my road trip bag:


  • Audiobooks — either loaded on to my iPod or borrowed from our library. Some of our family favorites include The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, the Harry Potter series, and the Percy Jackson books. We made it through 16 hours of driving through Canada listening to the Lord of the Rings — no electronic devices, no DVDs, just family listening enjoyment.
  • My iPod loaded up with podcasts and great road trip playlists.
  • Roadtrip bingo, Spot It, and other road trip games
  • Travel journal, pens & pencils for making notes and drawing pictures, playing tic-tac-toe, etc.
  • My daughter’s iPod Touch and books
  • Her pillow — once kids are out of car seats, falling asleep in the car isn’t so comfortable. After all, seatbelts and proper posture for road trip safety prevent them from stretching out the way we did as kids. This is why we bring along her large Pillow Pet because it’s a pillow, and it’s a pet, it’s a pillow pet!


  • Chargers — I put that first because while I have three outlets in my car and I usually have 2 USB adaptors on hand, we don’t always remember to bring enough cords and need to play the game of whose device needs it the most.
  • Phone — I depend on my phone when traveling for directions, finding gas, locating a place to eat, and other necessities along the way so make sure you load it up with your favorite road trip apps.
  • Hand sanitizer — I usually have small bottles of hand sanitizer in the front and the back of the car but when we are traveling, I make sure to have extra to avoid all those germs we encounter along the way.
  • Wet Ones — antibacterial wipes for cleaning sticky fingers, wiping down surfaces and getting sand and dirt off of feet.
  • Tissues and Charmin to Go — because, you never know when you gotta go, and you never know if the rest area is fully equipped.
  • A sturdy plastic bag that can be used for garbage, dirty clothes or, yes, puke. One of those GAP bags with a drawstring is especially good for easy disposal. Trust me, I’ve seen what happens if your bag isn’t up to the task, it isn’t pretty. Especially after ice cream cake.
  • A small towel — also good for wiping up messes, drying or cleaning feet or, you know, vomit.
  • Dramamine, including Dramamine for Kids (chewable preferred!) — I think this is self explanatory.
  • AAA card — if you are a member, be sure to keep your card handy in case of any breakdowns or emergencies (plus it can get you quite a few discounts on the road.)
  • Sunglasses (for everyone) — I always have at least one pair of sunglasses in my car but sometimes when you are heading to the airport early in the morning and jetting off for a roadtrip somewhere else, it is easy to forget them in the pre-dawn hours. Even when we are in our own car, I need to remind my husband and daughter to bring their sunglasses. I also keep some glass cleaner spray on hand too.
  • Bug spray, sunscreen, ice scraper or whatever else the season dictates might be good to keep on hand.
  • Refillable bottles topped up with ice water and plenty of snacks. I prefer individually bagged snacks and nothing that will melt. This usually includes a mix of protein bars, fruit, salty snacks and something sweet to satisfy all the cravings.

What to pack for a family road trip -- Roadfood bookAnd the thing I keep forgetting to take on our road trips but I have sitting here next to me in preparation for our next trip is Roadfood: The Coast-to-coast Guide to 900 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners and much, much more. I’m hoping this can save us from more terrible rest area meal stops.

One more tip for packing for a family road trip — if you are making multiple stops, pack separate bags for each destination and put your toiletries and things you will need at each stop in a small bag so that you don’t need to lug everything in at each stop and dig through piles of dirty laundry and large suitcases to find something to wear.

So that covers what I pack for a family road trip but the great thing about a blog hop is that you can see lots of ideas about the same topic. I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers across different topics including food bloggers, parenting bloggers and other travel bloggers to describe our road trip bag so you can build your ideal road trip bag.

Now you can enter to win a bag of your own, with a Kindle Fire HD tablet to go in it!! We are giving away not just one but TWO great prizes.

The Rules:

  1. For the grand prize you must leave at least one comment on one of the participating blogs to enter. Additional entries via commenting on other blogs in the hop are available to you. This means each person is eligible for 8 entries (because there are 8 participating bloggers).
  2. For the second prize you must “follow” at least one blogger on Instagram. Additional entries via “following” the other bloggers in the hop are available to you. This means each person is eligible for 8 entries (because there are 8 participating bloggers).
  3. There will be one unique winner for the grand prize and one unique winner for the second prize.
  5. The giveaway runs through March 8, 11:59 p.m. PST.

Prize #1:

Perfect road trip bag packing tips

Our first prize includes a Kindle Fire Tablet (Kindle Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB, Black) and a Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Backpack. This Anti-Theft Classic Backpack features a locking main compartment and a zippered front pocket that fits an iPad® mini. The main compartment includes two padded pockets to protect your laptop (up to 15.4”) and iPad® or tablet.The wall organizer stores 5 credit cards and a passport. A zippered mesh pocket is also included. The RFID blocking technology prevents identity theft by stopping readers from picking up personal data from your ID, credit cards, and passport. The back side includes a zippered pocket to store your smartphone and other small objects. The back and straps are padded for extra comfort. There is one water bottle pocket on the side.

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Prize #2: My perfect roadtrip bag packing tips Our second prize is aincludes a Kindle Fire Tablet and a Travelon Anti-Theft React™ Medium Crossbody Bag. The black Kindle Fire HD 6 offers a 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB memory. It will fit perfectly in your Travelon Anti-Theft React™ Medium Crossbody Bag, which is built with slash-proof construction and an adjustable, cut-proof shoulder strap that can secure to a post or chair. This bag contains locking compartments, RFID blocking card and passport slots, a rear zip pocket, and a mesh expansion water bottle holder. The main compartment is big enough for an iPad or tablet,and it includes a tethered key clip with LED light. Follow me on Instagram and enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Gain additional entries by “liking’ or “following” the selected social media platforms for the other blogs linked in the Rafflecopter widget below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. Chargers are a MUST. We use our phone for it’s GPS more than for it’s phone capabilities. So, if we don’t have a charger, honestly, we would be so lost. I mean, maps are great, but oh how I love my GPS…ya know?

    Absolutely sunglasses and my audio books. And some wipes if the little is with me.

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