Family Road Trips: Planning, Tips & Resources

All our best planning tips, ideas, destinations and ways to keep your family happy and entertained on your next road trip. Put together from our years of road trippin’ experience.

At Packed for Life both Derek & I (Donna) have spent time road tripping solo, and with our kids from newborn to teens. From cross country adventures in Canada and the USA, to weekend trips, and even a move or three.

We’ve gathered all our road trip ideas, tips and planning resources, to make your next family road trip smooth and fun. From road trip meals and resources to packing tips, destinations and ways to keep your sanity and the kids entertained.

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Printable Road Trip Planner For Stress-Free Vacations!

Plan for the best road trip adventure with the Complete Road Trip Planner Bundle. This essential bundle of printable resources contain everything you need to easily plan your dream road trip.

Get easily organized, so you can focus on what’s important, having FUN with your family!


Car Rentals

Sometimes you just need to rent a car at your destination.

Discover Cars helps you compare car rental deals from many different companies around the world. So you can find the cheapest rate or choose the best car for your next trip.

Look for the best car rental deals

Road Trippers App

No matter where the road takes you, we highly recommend you grab the Road Trippers app for planning out routes in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They even estimate the cost of gas for your trip, which is a such a bonus.

Sign up for FREE version here

If you plan on taking many or a longer road trip the Road Trippers Plus Plan ups the services considerably with an ad free experience, and a very reasonable yearly price. Plan up to 150 stops per trip, view live traffic conditions and to collaborate with friends and family.

Save money on Road Trips

Frugal Family Road Trips: 15+ Easy Money Saving Tips

Road Trip Meals and Snacks

Prevent hangry travel companions and save money on food costs with a family road trip meal plan. Not to mention less stops to buy food and snacks along the way, equals healthier food and more time at places you really want to be.

We like to save up our road trip food money to splurge on our dinners and fun and unique places along the way.

75+ Easy Road Trip Snacks: Road Trip Food List

Road Trip Foods: 50+ Easy, Healthy Road Trip Snack Recipes

Ultimate Road Trip Food List: Easy Road Trip Meals

Best Road Trip Breakfast Ideas

Road Trip Packing Tips

Best Walkie Talkies For Road Trips You’ll Actually Use

Complete Road Trip Packing List For Families

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Road Trip Activities for Kids and Adults

You definitely want to make sure the kids (and difficult adults) are entertained for those long stretches of roads. We are working on some printable road trip activity packs for kids, so check back soon. Road trip activities to keep the family entertained:

25 Easy Road Trip Activities For Toddlers & Preschoolers

170 Best Road Trip Quotes: Quirky, Funny And Deep

235 Epic Questions For Road Trips To Spark Conversations

Road Trip Destinations

✔️ Boston To Acadia National Park Road Trip: New England Itinerary

✔️ 7 Day Road Trip Itinerary: Zion, Bryce & Grand Canyon

✔️ Big Sur Road Trip: Epic Places to Visit and Hike

✔️ Best Day Trips from Victoria, BC Canada (A Local’s Guide)

>>> More destinations here

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