Summer will find many families on the road heading to grandma’s house or the seashore for the annual family vacation. Where ever you’re headed you’re probably already dreading those long hours on that road trip in a van full of kids asking the inevitable question “Are we there yet?”
I’m sure you’re busy looking for activities to keep the kids busy during the long drive and planning snacks and meals for the road. But before you start packing take a minute to get the car or van organized for the trip. You don’t want to spend the time on the road looking for ipads, toys, and books which somehow get lost in the back seats. You don’t want to spend hours surrounded by empty fast food containers and paper cups. And you don’t want to spend hours digging crumbs from between the seats and scraping jelly beans off the carpet when you get home.
Here are some clever ways to keep the car clean and organized for the entire trip. Many of them are very inexpensive and help make the road trip less stressful and save you hours of work cleaning the car later on.
If you’re feeling crafty this Car Trip Seat Caddy from Sew4Home is really cute.
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This pulley system by Kids Activity Blog is an efficient way to get items to the kids in the back seats without having to turn around.
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I love this idea from Housewife Ecclectic!
Lego boxes lets the kids bring along their favorite lego pieces to play with in the car, the best part is the pieces stay in the box, not scattered in the car!
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Use plastic caddies for fast food meals.
This brilliant idea from Momtastic uses plastic caddies you can find at the dollar store to keep meals in one place. Buy one for each kid, adults can use them too. Best thing is they stack up when not in use. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
This metal travel tray from Two Sisters Crafting is great for kids in their car seats.
It’s a portable table that can be used for eating, playing, watching movies, and more, you can even bring along magnetic letters for them to play with.
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Moser Moments uses inexpensive shower caddies with suction cups. They come in different sizes.
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This fabulous idea from Creative Momma on a Dime lets the kids play dice games with out loosing the dice.
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These cute pillow caddies by Amazing Mae doubles as a storage pocket and pillow case for naptime.
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Recycle creamer containers for snacks. They keep snacks fresh and neat.
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Check out this list for Road Trip Essentials from Stuffed Suitcase.
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Always have clean binkies in these colorful containers from Amazon.com.
When you drop one, just grab a clean one from one of the containers. Excellent idea from Kid Activity Blog. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
My favorite! Use Cereal keeper lined with plastic bag as a trash container.
I got a set of 3 from Sam’s Club for $16.99. You can toss the bag at the rest stops and replace with a new one as you go.
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