DIY Car Survival Kit for under $40

This post is sponsored by Pepperidge Farm but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Our family has been traveling a ton since February and all the trips have been lengthy car rides. Needless to say, I’m pretty much an expert when it comes to packing the necessities for any road trip. I’ve also traveled enough to know what not to bring with us (pillows, large toys, stuffed animals) and today I wanted to share the best DIY Car Survival Kit for any road trip.

We have a Toyota Sienna Mini Van which is super spacious and perfect for driving long distances. To steer clear of clutter I keep an organizer hanging on the back of our third row. It’s stocked with pull ups/diapers for Evelyn, changes of clothes for both kids, pajamas, sunscreen, bug spray, water, wet wipes, a first aid kit and some other essentials in case of an emergency. I use this trunk organizer to keep everything together in one place. I love that there are different stretchy pockets for each member of the family. It has adjustable straps and fits to all vehicles. The best part is that it’s under $15 so you don’t have to spend a fortune on car organization!

In addition to the necessities above, I also hit up the dollar store for some inexpensive coloring books, crayons, mini figurines and other small toys to keep in the trunk organizer. This way when we are traveling these are new to the kids so they don’t get bored.

Snacks are a must when going anywhere with kids. My kids don’t eat a ton of packaged snacks at home and we save them for occasions when we really need them (like waiting for a table at a restaurant). I like to buy new foods when we go on road trips to peek their interest and keep them occupied for a while. When choosing snacks for a car ride, be sure to purchase dry snacks. Nothing liquid or sticky because it will inevitably get all over their carseat and clothing. My kids are obsessed with Goldfish Cheddar crackers.  The multipacks are my favorite because they are already portioned out which means no overeating or extra prep work for me. Goldfish Crackers are always baked with real cheese and free or artificial flavors and preservatives. If you’re needing some inspiration for snack ideas, head over to the Goldfish Pinterest page and their YouTube page for so many fun ideas. I hope you find these essentials helpful for your next road trip! What are some of your travel must-haves?

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