Are you and your family ready to hit the road? Whether it’s a short jaunt on a weekend getaway or a long drive across state lines, having an excited but restless toddler in tow can be tricky. Before you start packing the car, take a breather – we’ve got tips that are sure to make any road trip with kids easier and more enjoyable! With the proper planning and equipment, you can make your next road trip with your little one an enjoyable experience for everyone. Here we have the best ways to entertain a toddler on a road trip to keep everyone happy and sane.

In this blog post, we’ll show you some fun and easy ways to keep your tot entertained for hours – no additional stops or sanity meltdowns required! So buckle up; it’s time to hit the open road – armed with plenty of snacks and good vibes, of course. Here’s how to keep your little one content while driving down those endless highways.

Bring Along a Few of Their Favorite Toys

One of the best ways to entertain a toddler on a road trip is to have their favorite toys on hand.

When planning a road trip for a toddler, remember to bring along some of their favorite toys! Not only will this keep the little one occupied and entertained during the drive, but it will also be a cushion for your sanity. Pack those favorite teddy bears, stuffed animals, puzzles and other fun toys they love to help make the miles fly by almost as quickly as they do on screen. Don’t forget to stash an extra toy or two in case of tantrums — it never hurts to have backup plans when traveling with toddlers!

Some of the best toys to take with you on a road trip are things that can keep your kid occupied for extended periods of time, such as:

Magnetic drawing boards

Activity cubes and books

-Interactive games like Simon or Memory

Finger puppets and finger dolls

Plush animals/stuffed toys

Miniature coloring sets

Chunky puzzles

Create an Activity Wall for Easy Access to Toys & Activities

To make it easier to reach toys and activities while in the car, try creating an activity wall using magnetic tape. Place the magnetic tape across a section of the back seat and attach various items such as felt shapes,

Pack Some Snacks and Drinks for Them to Enjoy

Kids Snacking on a Road Trip


Whether you’re driving to the beach on a summer day or embarking on a cross-country adventure this year, healthy snacks and drinks will be essential to keeping your toddler entertained while on the road. Stock up on snacks that are healthy yet fun, such as fruit leathers and trail mix. Offering some classic snacks like Cheerios or Goldfish crackers may also be just the thing to keep them happy. And don’t forget to bring along some beverages like water, milk, or boxed juice for long car rides. With a healthy snack and drink combination, your toddler is sure to stay satisfied throughout every drive.

Try these healthy snacks and drinks to take with you on a road trip with your kids:

-Fruit leathers

-Trail mix

-Cheerios or Goldfish crackers

-Veggies like carrots and celery sticks

-Yogurt tubes/freeze pops

-Sliced fruit like apples, oranges, and bananas

-Whole grain granola bars or muffins

-Nuts and seeds

-Water, milk, or boxed juice.

Play games with them while you’re driving

Road trips with toddlers can be tricky since they start to get antsy after long periods of sitting still. A great way to entertain them while you’re driving is to play games. Try singing songs or reciting nursery rhymes, playing games like I Spy or the Alphabet game, and asking silly questions about odd things you see along your journey. Before you know it, you’ll reach your destination and your toddler will have had fun in the car – unlocking a whole new mode of travel.

Jasper, what are some great travel games to play with the kids on a road trip?

Some classic travel games you can play with your kids in the car include:

-The Alphabet Game: This classic game is a great way to keep your little ones entertained while they learn their ABCs. To play, have one person pick a category (for example, animals) and then take turns saying words that start with each letter of the alphabet. The winner is the first person to reach Z!

-I Spy: This game calls for keen eyesight and sharp thinking skills – perfect for keeping your toddler occupied during long drives. To start, have one player choose something they can see outside the window and then give everyone else clues as to what it is. Whoever guesses correctly gets to be the next spy!

Stop at Rest Stops or Parks So They Can Run Around and Burn Off Energy

Another of the best ways to entertain a toddler on a road trip is to make plenty of stops to give them a car break.


If you’re like me, taking a long road trip with kids in tow can seem like a daunting task. But making sure to stop at rest stops or parks on your route can make it a much more pleasant experience. Not only does the break allow for a potty stop, but it also allows your children to run around and burn off all that energy they’ve been accumulating in the car – which is often a welcome respite! So don’t be afraid to take those longer routes that include creative pitstops – it’ll be well worth it in the end!

You can find a list of rest stops and parks throughout the United States on websites like AAA or Allstays.com. These sites will provide detailed information about each stop, such as amenities, addresses, and availability. Additionally, many state tourism bureaus also have lists of parks and rest areas in their area. You can contact your local agency for more information.

Make Sure You Bring Plenty of Patience with You!

When it comes to patience, it’s best to always have plenty in your back pocket. It will come in handy, especially during summer road trips with your toddler! Without patience, any small problem can turn into an issue of epic proportions and derail your entire trip before it really gets moving. So, don’t forget to be well-stocked with patience. Think of it as a necessity on long trips – like sunscreen and snacks – that you wouldn’t dare leave home without!

These are just a few ideas to make long car rides with kids more bearable. What are some of your favorite tips? Share a few of your own favorites in the comment section below. They will be appreciated! And if you have any stories of particularly memorable (for better or worse) car trips with kids, feel free to share those as well. Happy travels! 😉