Going on a Road Trip? Remember to Pack These!

Driving to Grandma's house for the holidays? Here's everything you'll need to keep a carload of travelers happy, safe, and comfortable on a long trip.

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Audio Books

Audio Books
Check some new-to-you audio books out of the library. Kids and adults alike can enjoy tales like The Chronicles of Narnia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Hobbit, or Harry Potter—and their easy story lines make them perfect for a driver to pay attention to, as well.

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Car food

Car food
There are two strategies with car food: You can either bring along crumb-free, non-greasy, non-gooey finger foods—like baby carrots, grapes, and sandwiches—or pack your family's favorite "treat" foods like chips and baked goods, as a special car reward.

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Pillows and blankets

Pillows and blankets
Pack favorite bed pillows and blankets to soothe everyone on the journey. Whether it's a child's security blanket or a pillow for the passenger seat navigator, a soft cushion can make a cold car cozy.

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Paper products

Paper products
Pack paper towels, toilet paper (you never know with rest areas and gas stations!), a box of tissues, and some garbage bags. And bring more than you think you’ll need—there's always the possibility of car sickness in addition to the normal spills and usual cleanup.

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Spare keys

Spare keys
Don’t get locked out of the car: Always pack a duplicate set of car (and house) keys in a separate bag.

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Sports equipment

Sports equipment
Bring along a Frisbee, ball, or jump rope so antsy kids (and adults!)  can blow off a little steam at rest stops.

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First aid kit

First aid kit
To treat road-trip aches, nicks, and scrapes, pack a plastic bag full of items like anti-bacterial cream, bandages, pain relievers, and motion sickness medicine.

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Travel games

Travel games
Some friendly competition will go a long way towards warding off boredom. Some ideas: cards, travel bingo, and word games.

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Breakdown supplies

Breakdown supplies
Double-check your trunk for a complete roadside emergency kit, including a flashlight and fresh batteries.

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Wet wipes

Wet wipes
Bring a container of disposable wipes, or simply put some folded damp paper towels in a resealable plastic bag. You'll use them for everything from sticky fingers to a quick refreshing mask for road-weary eyes.

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Car chargers

Car chargers
Make sure you bring along a travel charger for your cell phone and other electronic devices.

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Change of clothes

Change of clothes
If you're traveling with young children, remember that accidents happen. Bring along a change of clothing for the inevitable leaks and spills.

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