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Old 01-09-2003, 08:21 PM
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Car Trip Essentials

Car Trip Essentials

You're off to the Grand Canyon. Or to Grandma's. Or to see the sights. No matter where you travel to in your car, we recommend bringing the following items for a smooth, enjoyable trip.


Wallet and/or purse and cash (sometimes we forget the most obvious things)
Credit cards and/or traveler's checks (plus list of numbers of both)
ID or driver's license
Car and house keys (plus duplicate sets kept in different bags)
Eye glasses and/or contact lenses (plus lens cleaner)
Medical insurance cards
Prescriptions and other medications
Maps, directions and reservation confirmations
Camera and film
Books and magazines for kids and adults
Toys, playing cards, small games
Flashlight and batteries
Umbrella and rain jackets
Plastic bags for wet items
Disposable wipes (or put damp paper towels in zippered plastic bags)
Travel alarm
Sewing kit
First-aid kit (see separate packing list)
Water/juice boxes, no-spill cups
Paper napkins/towels
Cooler with beverages (water is best) and lunch items
Paper, washable markers (crayons may melt on a hot day) and clipboard or lap desk
Snacks (crackers, mini rice cakes, dry cereal, dried fruit or nuts and the like) in small zippered plastic bags
Small backpack for child to carry own toys and art supplies
Towels (in case of hot seats or spills)


Car seat
Diaper bag
Disposable diapers
Changing pad
Baby powder and lotion
Zippered plastic bags
Wet wipes
Nursing pads and burp pads
Bottles, nipples and caps
Formula and/or juice
Changes of clothing
Jacket or sweater
Collapsible stroller with canopy or umbrella
Front or back child-carrying pack, or sling style
Waterproof sheets
Bathing supplies
Large plastic bags for wet clothes (can also be used as a changing pad in a pinch)


Individually wrapped small toys (new ones or old favorites) or activity bags to hand out at intervals during the trip
Frisbee or ball for playing in grassy area at rest stop
Music and books on tape (record your child's favorite stories yourself)
Individual tape players and headphones
Window screens
Hand or finger puppets for entertaining at restaurants
Portable playpen or crib
Portable high chair or booster seat
Magnetic travel games
Laminated U.S. maps for kids to mark off license plates

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Old 04-16-2003, 09:04 AM
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Very nice list!

We will most likely (dh and I) be taking a trip this summer back to Arkansas to visit my family. This means that all 3 grands (2,6,7) will be going too since I am the baby-sitter.
Individually wrapped small toys (new ones or old favorites) or activity bags to hand out at intervals during the trip
This is a wonderful tip--and I always do this. I will hit the dollar stores, cheap toy aisle at Big Lots, etc and buy up cheap toys, coloring books and markers, etc that I will then dole out on the trip. I save some for the return leg so they don't get bored. This is a 2 day trip for us so it's going to take a lot of toys. I need to get busy collecting.

THIS trip though I am very seriously thinking of buying a vcr to use in the back seat. I'd love to trade my Jimmy in on a mini-van before then but dh and I hate car payments and we always buy new, so.....If/when we do trade I'm going to look into a built in VCR.

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