DIY Travel Bins for Road-trips with Kids

We road trip to Seattle fairly often…6 hours away. We also LOVE road-trip vacations. Here are a few tips that I have used and tweaked over the years to keep the kids entertained.


This is our dry food bin. Basically anything that doesn’t need refrigeration. It was large…but not enough for a week at the beach. (Yes, I allow junk food on vacation)

I like doing this because it makes packing the car easier. Also nothing get squished.


This is actually the same bin…left is end view. Books and DVD’s go in this bin, as do any markers or coloring….LOTS! of Mad Libs.

We always tend to over pack.  Best of intentions to do those Mad Libs but then a book on tape catches our attention and that is all we end up doing.Little House on the Prairie is a fave (found here) I love the bin to keep their stuff organized. I can tell you when we travelled with 4 they each had their own bin and that became messy. It was easier to have one bin per 2 kids. One in the front bench and one in the back.

What do you do when taking road trips? Any tips you want to share?

Some favorite audio books that we have listened to on road-trips:

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