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12 Fun Travel Games for Your Restless Backseat Drivers

The holiday season is known as the busiest travel time of the year. As exciting as it can be to see family and loved ones for the holidays, the journey to the destination can be a bit of a challenge with children. Kids’ travel games are a great way to keep your children entertained and less anxious while on the road.

My kids get really antsy when we’re traveling on the road, especially the little ones. Zephaniah (the youngest) hates being strapped in his car seat. We try to have some fun toys for him to play with or sometimes Michala will play music videos for him on her cellphone. 

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Michala, Elijah, and Zhen on a road trip to Indiana.

Zechariah gets motion sickness so we have to bring a bag of peppermints, an extra change of clothes, plastic bags, and towels for just in case. The bags and towels are to clean up the…er…mess…and the peppermints help settle his stomach. 

Zhen loves watching kids’ DVDs we check out from the library. The teens usually pop their earbuds in and listen to the music they downloaded on their cell phones. But after about 30 minutes in the van, at least one child is over it and asks, “Are we there yet? How much longer? When will we be there? Where are we going again?”

KIDS’ TRAVEL GAMES CAN KEEP YOUR CHILDREN BUSY WHILE ON THE ROAD

It’s understandable why children get restless on road trips. The younger kids don’t fully understand that in order to reach Grandma’s house, the trip will take a few hours. 

They have to stay seated in their car seat or booster seat for a long period of time. They can’t run around and play and do all of the things they’d normally do when they’re at home.

For teens, road trips can be challenging, too, just not as stressful as it is for little ones. Teens are old enough to understand travel time will be long, but they still get restless. My teens get bored when we have to take a long car ride. They also don’t like being stuck in the van with everyone. 

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It’s understandable kids get restless while traveling. Travel games for kids can help combat anxiousness and restlessness while traveling! (Photo of Michala, Elijah, Zhen, and Zechariah)

Kids’ travel games can be a fun way to break up the monotony of traveling. The games keep the kids busy and happy. Plus, it’s a great way to give your children a break from too much screen time.

Check out 12 fun travel games for kids down below!


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Do you have any favorite travel games you like to play with your kids? 

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