Entertaining Kids on a Road Trip Without Breaking the Bank

When we were packing for our recent holiday trip to France we soon realised that making sure you've got the right clothing for the holiday is perhaps not the main thing to worry about. The main thing is to keep your sanity and not have a screaming match from bored kids in the back of a car.

Entertaining Kids on a Road Trip Without Breaking the Bank


So before we headed off to France to see our family I had a read of a few posts on entertaining kids on road trips and came up with our own little list. My girls are aged 2 and 1 and so I bared this in mind when providing them with suitable things to keep them occupied.

Carboot Sales

Entertaining Kids on a Road Trip Without Breaking the Bank


Most of the things we took were sourced from a number of carboot sales we headed to during the summer such as the dolls, an etch a sketch, a jigsaw puzzle and a variety of activity books as well as reading books with her current favourite character Peppa Pig.

Charity Shop


Entertaining Kids on a Road Trip Without Breaking the Bank

I also like to have a nosy around the odd charity shop while out and about. You never know what you may find and if there isn't a carboot sale on at the time you are planning to head off then I'm sure one of these will be open. I found a pack of crayons to go with the activity books I'd found.

Supermarket Sale


Entertaining Kids on a Road Trip Without Breaking the Bank

Then there's always the odd thing found in a supermarket sale. I picked up a couple of packs of play doh and took one set away with us. I also spotted they were selling Crayola activity packs so popped one in the trolley too.

Entertaining Kids on a Road Trip Without Breaking the Bank


These all worked out really well for keeping my girls entertained (eldest in particular) and keeping them entertained during the journeys we took. Just make sure that it is easily accessible for them and that hubby hasn't put it in the car boot!

What things do you pack when it comes to keeping your kids entertained on a journey?

Supply a handy sheet to be filled in by them of things they would take

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  1. Oh yes I love finding things in charity shops - you can get some real bargains! My girls like to colour in the car, and also listen to story CDs or music CDs #mg

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  2. Keeping them entertained is so important to our own sanity, always good to keep it on a budget too, great ideas and tips here! #mg

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  3. I always looks for sales on what my kids love. They're older now though and most of what they want are video games but my 10 year old still does play with certain toys that I can usually find online for cheaper than in the store. These are great tips! #FamilyFunLinky

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  4. It can be hard to keep them entertained on a long journey. I always took paper/colouring books and pencils, they always seem to go down well.
    #FamilyFun

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  5. Great ideas! Did they use the playdough on the journey itself, or when you got there? Thanks for linking this to #DreamTeam!

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  6. I wrote a very similar post like this when we took our 4-hour road trip to Boston, and my girls are the same age! All of these are great items. The only thing I had in addition to these were endless amount of snacks, and I used them ALL! Thanks for sharing! #explorerkids

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  7. These are great ideas. Buying from car boot sales in brilliant. My kids are older now but still get bored on long journeys. Sarah #explorerkids

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  8. Useful tips for road trips. Will try colouring and activities on my next vacation

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  9. I love charity shops for some good bargains and play doh is always a winner. We've only done a couple of large car journeys, we tend to give him a car or two to play with but probably need to be more organised as he gets bigger. Mini cars work better on train journeys!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

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  10. Absolutely great ideas! We love hunting down treasure in carboots and playdoh is great for long car journeys and flights! #DreamTeam

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  11. Great tips never would have thought to do car boots 😊💕
    Mandy xx

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  12. Fantastic ideas! I'll bear these in mind for when my little one is older. I've seen fantastic systems where you can have loads of toys and things for entertainment purposes strapped to the back of the front car seats. My favourite idea here is, I think, the mess free colouring. Even I wouldn't mind a go at that, I get bored on car journeys too sometimes! :) #mg

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  13. When my kids were younger I put a lot of effort into keeping them entertained on our long road trips. I must admit now that they are bit older I've gotten a but lazy about it, but it does help that they're better able to bring along things to keep themselves busy.

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  14. Audiobooks, Disney sound tracks for a good sing-a-long, I spy..., books of course and hotwheels cars :) #KLTR

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  15. Great ideas, I love the crayloa activity packs and I always keep a pad of paper and some crayons in my bag wherever we go. Thank you for linking up with #FamilyFunLinky

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  16. We have a local charity book shop, we've found so many hidden gems in there and they cost next to nothing. Great ideas. Thanks for joining in at #TriumphantTales!

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  17. Brilliant ideas. I love looking for little treasures in charity shops x #TriumphantTales

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  18. Great list. I love the ide of having a look for bits & bobs at car boot sales. We often raid the £1 shops too! #familytraveltips

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  19. We love charity shop. In fact I have a confession, I am a bit of an Charity shopaholic lol! We buy lots of books and toys there too. Great tips here.

    Thank you so much for linking up with us on #ExplorerKids

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  20. Good thing I saw this before we took a 4 hour road trip to Quantico, VA. You are brilliant, thank you! #ExplorerKids

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  21. Ooh you're brave giving them play-doh in the car, not sure I'd cope with the threat of mess! Fab tips and I totally agree, there's nothing worse than screaming bored kids on a long journey! Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips
    Nat.x

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  22. This is a fantastic post. We have visited many charity shops for books in the past and that is such a fab idea. I love your post. You can get some great things on sale at the supermarket too. We went to poundland the other day and got a few things to keep Sylvia busy! That's a budget friendly place to go. Thanks for linking to #KLTR

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  23. Some great ideas, charity shops are often a great place to find toys and books as are supermarket sales. Thanks for linking up to #KLTR

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