Real Simple Life Family Kids & Parenting Kids' Road Trip Essentials Checklist Kids' Road Trip Essentials Checklist The gear to have on hand when traveling with children. Guaranteed, you’ll hear fewer cries of “Are we there yet?” Advertisement Save FB Tweet More Pinterest Email Send Text Message Print Crayons Credit: Grant Cornett Activities Checklist Books, magazines, and comics Games, such as the license plate game or travel bingo Sketchbook, washable markers, and colored pencils Pre-stamped blank postcards (find them at the post office), which your kids can decorate, or postcards bought on the road; have your children write to friends, relatives, even pets Doodling doodads: a small dry-erase board, Etch A Sketch, Magna Doodle Pipe cleaners, easy origami, and other scissor-less craft supplies Portable DVD player and DVDs; don't forget headphones! Tape recorder: Let the kids produce a vacation broadcast Books on tape for the whole family, such as the Harry Potter series or "The Chronicles of Narnia" Scrapbook envelope—entrust your children with the responsibility of collecting postcards, ticket stubs, and brochures for a scrapbook Food Checklist Individually packaged, crumb-free snacks such as bite-sized goldfish crackers Hard-to-bruise fruits such as apples and berries; or try fruit roll-ups or fruit leathers Trail mix, which will leave kids feeling full longer (and keep fingers greaseless) Reusable bottles filled with water Miscellaneous Checklist An emergency kit. In a click-shut plastic bin, stock jumper cables, a first-aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or reflective triangles, a fleece blanket, bottled water, and a few protein bars. Garbage bags to collect trash Extra diapers and wipes, if necessary Change of clothes, in case of accidental spills A blanket for spur-of-the-moment picnics at rest areas—and naps Jump ropes and balls, so energetic little travelers can tire themselves out at rest stops!