How do I keep my preschooler entertained on a road trip? Pre-School Travel

Tips from moms and experts alike on how to keep a preschooler entertained on a road trip.

Don't Skimp on the Stuff

Road trips can be long and boring for young children. You can use a diaper cart on the back seat to keep baby's entertainment handy. Our favorites are repositionable sticker books, gel stickers, cardboard and/or cloth baby books, sing-along CD's (including one to encourage sleep), DVD players/ iPads, audiobooks, stuffed animals, and your toddler's favorite small toys. If your child uses a pacifier, pack several as they tend to fall in unreachable spots and you will save...

Road trips can be long and boring for young children. You can use a diaper cart on the back seat to keep baby's entertainment handy. Our favorites are repositionable sticker books, gel stickers, cardboard and/or cloth baby books, sing-along CD's (including one to encourage sleep), DVD players/ iPads, audiobooks, stuffed animals, and your toddler's favorite small toys. If your child uses a pacifier, pack several as they tend to fall in unreachable spots and you will save yourself several stops along the way by packing a handful! - Laura, Family Travel Blogger at Frugal for Luxury, @frugalforluxury

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Bring the Kids Into the Planning Process

I love when my clients include their children into the planning process. Giving your child a role in the process brings them into it. Most times children feel powerless and in those situations they will command attention and power by acting out- especially if everyone is trapped in the car. Let them pack their activities, set a timer to let them know how much time, and schedule some running breaks! - MegAnne Ford, Certified Parent Coach at Be Kind Coaching, @bekindcoaching

I love when my clients include their children into the planning process. Giving your child a role in the process brings them into it. Most times children feel powerless and in those situations they will command attention and power by acting out- especially if everyone is trapped in the car. Let them pack their activities, set a timer to let them know how much time, and schedule some running breaks! - MegAnne Ford, Certified Parent Coach at Be Kind Coaching, @bekindcoaching

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Have Company in the Backseat

Have other people in the backseat, if possible. Play "I Spy,”, have singalongs, and make frequent, longer stops!  - Lakita Leonard, Travel Agent at Fun Travels by Lakita

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Chat, Chat, Chat!

Get them involved in conversations... they talk A LOT at this age, so they won't be bored. They'll always come up with something to talk about.

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Leave Super Early So They Sleep

iPad, snacks, frequent(ish) stops every couple of hours to stretch their legs. Also, if it’s possible, leave super early—like 3am—so they sleep for a good chunk of the drive.


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Add Extra (Fun!) Stops Along the Way

If the trip is particularly long, map out some extra stops that are fun for the kids. Look at Roadside America or even just Google Maps for playgrounds, children's museums, parks, even malls—anything to give them a break from the car, some stimulation, and a chance to stretch their legs.

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