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11 Family Road Trip Essentials - #FRAMFreshBreeze


This shop, Family Road Trip Essentials, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FRAMFreshBreeze #CollectiveBias.


As a family we do quite a lot of traveling, and once every summer we do our annual family road trip. When traveling by way of road trip, the journey is just as important as the destination. You might have already learned, however, that traveling this way with kids requires a bit more effort than it did during your care-free and single days! To make sure everyone’s having fun, pack the right stuff and stay organized along the way. In addition to a first aid and a roadside emergency kit, take stock of what your family needs on a daily basis to be comfortable and build your list from there. To get you started, here are 11 family road trip essentials.


1. Cooler with drinks, sandwiches and necessary meds. If you have anything that has to be refrigerated, store it here. Keep in mind though, that a cooler (no matter the size) will take up precious space in the vehicle, so if you can survive with room temperature water and forgo other drinks until you get where you’re going, do so. Coolers are great for leftover sandwiches and such, because they can keep foods fresher longer (that you would otherwise have to toss after the two-hour mark). Anyway to save money on the road is OK in my book, since gas stations are known for hiking prices due to the convenience factor. If you have a baby who requires milk or breast milk, a cooler is non-negotiable.

2. Bag of pantry items. Keep any foods that don’t absolutely have to be refrigerated out of the cooler. Designate and actual bag (tote or backpack) for snacks so that you won’t end up with a hole in a plastic bag. Pack car-friendly snacks, including fruits and veggies, in your stash.

3. Reusable bottles for water. Make sure everyone has a distinct bottle to refill with water wherever you stop. The bottle should fit in a cup holder and have a secure lid. Straws are a bad idea because they aren’t easy to clean and can be dangerous if the driver has to brake quickly.


4. Bags for garbage. Make sure to tuck plenty of plastic grocery bags (which fold down pretty small, taking up hardly any room) into your snack bag. These are great for trash, for cleaning up unexpected spills and accidents, and for storing sticky items or dirty clothes.

5. Books and magazines. As long as reading on the road doesn’t cause carsickness, pack any reading materials you’ve been meaning to catch up on and any books or magazines the kids haven’t yet seen.

6. Coloring and activity books/kits. Color Wonder kits are especially great in the car because the ink from the markers only shows up on the designated paper and not on your interior! You also won’t have to worry about lost crayons melting in your vehicle somewhere. My favorite car trip go-to toy growing up was a Magna-Doodle, which provides endless drawing possibilities and zero mess or waste.

7. Road trip games. Nowadays, you don’t need to buy overpriced games at truck stops. You can easily find all kinds of inexpensive magnetic games for the car and road trip BINGO. iSpy is also a very popular game, you can have the kids look for the state welcome signs, and the kids also enjoy seeing how many different plates from other states they can spy while traveling.


8. Tablets, DVD players, DVDs, headphones, and games. As soon as it starts getting dark, road trip entertainment is pretty limited. This is where tablets, DVD players, and handheld video games really come in handy. So that your kids aren’t getting eight straight hours of screen time, consider keeping these tucked away until a certain time each day.

9. Active toys for rest stops. Don’t forget a few active toys, like a ball and a jump rope, so your kids can get some exercise at rest stops. It's inevitable that you'll eventually stop and getting some exercise in after traveling for many hours can actually be relaxing.

10. Small pillows and blankets. Keep these items as small as possible. If you're traveling late at night, it gets rather cool and having blankets on hand will provide the necessary warmth you need without getting overheated by your car's heater.

11. Baby essentials.  *if you have a baby* Remember to reorganize your diaper bag before the trip. You likely have tons of stuff in there you won’t actually need on the trip. Do the math and pack enough diapers, wipes, and formula to last you the trip. Don’t assume you can stop off along the way and get more. Save space by keeping sippy cups and the like to a minimum and just wash them more often than usual. Sanitizing wipes are a must for not only cups, but toys, changing tables, and restaurant table tops as well.


We are already once again planning our summer family road trip to Florida, which is a 27hr drive from Colorful Colorado. We've done it before and it's not as bad as you think. However, I always make sure that my car is serviced and everything that needs to be taken care of, brakes, suspensions, oil changes etc., is done before we go. However, most people don't think about their cabin air filters. Did you know that the air in your car can be even more dirty that the air outside? Your cabin air filter does just what the name suggests. It filters the air that comes through the car's HVAC system, leaving the air in your car's cabin clean and fresh and free of pollutants such as dirt, dust and debris. Having also just returned from a road trip recently, I knew that it was time to change mine. (Follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual.) I had driven the recommended mileage that my car suggests and even a little bit more. I also knew exactly what cabin air filter I needed.


I have been using FRAM Fresh Breeze® Cabin Air Filter in my car for as long as I can remember. It's actually the only thing I know how to replace by myself without having to take my car in to my mechanic. It not only keeps the inside of my car as clean as possible but it safeguards my family against outside pollutants. After all we spent quite a lot of time together in our car. I pick mine up at Walmart and finding the exact part I need was so easy. You can use the Walmart/Fram guide to find your car and the part you need, or you can use the included guide in-store. FRAMFreshBreeze.com also provides texting feature which allows your search results (installation videos and part number) to be sent to your mobile phone to help you find what you're looking for easily in store, and also to help with your installation process.




Now after purchasing, it was time to install. If you're unsure about how to install your cabin air filter, FRAMFreshBreeze.com provides installation guides that can help you along your way.  Installing my FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter was actually a breeze. Mine is located under the glove compartment and all I had to do was replace my old and very dirty one with the new one, and now my family can breathe good again. FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter, filters up to 98%* of dust, dirt and allergens from entering my vehicle, and is the only cabin air filter that uses the natural deodorizing qualities of ARM & HAMMER® baking soda.


It feels good to know that my family will now be breathing better, especially since it's now allergy season and the pollen count is rather high here this year. So while you're protecting the outside of your car, think about protecting the inside and those most valuable to you. And before you go on that road trip, check to make sure that you're using a FRAM Fresh Breeze® Cabin Air Filter and with our road trip essentials, you'll have a safe and pleasant trip.

For more info visit FRAM today!

When was the last time you replaced your cabin air filter? 

Annmarie John
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  1. For us, as long as we have LOTS of snacks and portable chargers, we will have a good trip. Loving your detailed list.

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  2. These are great tips! I love that you included bottles and trash bags. Those are things most people don't think of.

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  3. My husband will love this post. He always checks the car before we go on a road tip. The biggest essential is the car, after all.

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  4. I'm not sure when mine was last replaced. Ill have to ask my hubby. We do a road trip every year to Kansas City since it is only 2.5 hours away. It's so much fun and fun for the kids!

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  5. I love that we both wrote about road trips! Our spring break is next week, although if I could just drive out to see you and see those sights? Perfection.
    I love your essentials. I find that even though we no longer have babies/toddlers, for now anyway, road trips with your family still require thoughts. We always forget something and to the kids, everything is important! Blankets and pillows, comfort items, games. Like you, I dig out the pantry items before road trips. I think I have saved the day seven times for that!
    Oh, and we totally use FRAM.

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  6. Yes to all of the above minus the baby gear, as no more babies here finally now ;)

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  7. I love road trips but miss taking them we never do! These are great tips for when the time comes and we get to again, I wouldn't remember what essentials to bring! - Jeanine

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  8. These are all important things to bring on a road trip. I always bring snacks and I make sure that I charge all the electronics the night before. I have never replaced my cabin air filter.

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  9. These are really helpful tips! Yes to DVDs, Headphones and Small pillows and blankets. We also love having wet wipes on hand for any spills or messy hands!

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  10. Oh my goodness I can't recall the last time I changed my filter. I think I need to find it and replace it.

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  11. I have never replaced any cabin filters. But now I am curious and want to see where mine's located! I have never had to travel with kids and I think that's a relieve, adults are so much easier!

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  12. Reusable water bottles are so important. You don't want to wind up with a ton of trash in your car at the end of the trip.

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  13. You definitely have the right ideas! Bringing some active toys is something I should have done! We really can't forget to check out air filters before our next trip.

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  14. For us it is definitely snacks. Oh and chargers are a must have!

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  15. These are great tips for those preparing for upcoming road trips with the warm weather approaching. Snacks are a definite as it saves time and money not having to make so many stops along the way.

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  16. Great tips. We do a lot of roadtrips and will most like do MN to Colorado again this summer to visit friends. For our girls we always make sure to stock up on library books too.

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  17. That reminds me that we need to change the cabin air filter in our car. Those things are more important than a lot of people realize, especially for people with allergies and asthma like me.

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  18. I live in South Florida, and we took a road trip up to Maine last summer - It was awesome! It looks like you guys have a lot of fun on the road as a family. #client

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  19. I love all your tips here! All these should be on my list for our next road trip! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Road trips are a ton of fun for the whole family. But it can be exhausting trying to prepare for one. I love these ideas and snacks are my jam!

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  21. I like your attitude of having the journey being valued just as highly as the destination.
    I also like your reference list here.

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  22. I do not change the cabin filter nearly as often as we should! You have been to some awesome places!

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  23. Road trips definitely require a change in the cabin air filter. No one likes a smelly car when traveling long distances.

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  24. Glad to see garbage bags on the list. I know I've often forgotten this when I'm on a road trip thinking I will just find a gas station or somewhere to toss my garbage. But you never know when you'll be eating in the car and not have a place to get rid of trash readily available.

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  25. Packing plenty of snacks and water is important. Also, lots of stuff to keep the kids busy.

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  26. Such an awesome post. PErfect timing, we are planning a roadtrip soon. Will refer back to this list.

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  27. I think you got everything covered. It sure is great to go on road trips with the family and I am happy you reminded me to change my cabin air filter too. I don't want any allergy attacks to happen while we are cruising to our vacation destination.

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  28. The smell inside a car even without kids, after a road trip, is horrid, haha. I didn't know these existed in a car! Great info!

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  29. I will never leave the house on a trip without a trash bag again. I did that once...never again. Ohhh, what a nice way to keep that smell down!

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  30. Reusable water bottles (along with many things on the list) are my number one focus. Those come in so handy.

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  31. WE take a lot of road trips and this is a great post for tips on that. WE have one coming up late this year and I will surely use some of the tips.

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  32. Wonderful road trips essentials I just came back from one. The pollen count is super high in Atlanta so this would be helpful for me too.

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  33. Those filters are a great idea for travel! That's a good trip about the straw too. Braking fast (and it always happens at least once) and a straw in the mouth, would def. not be a good combo. Smart proactive thinking.

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  34. Road trips are always fun! I always pack a cooler full of snacks.

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  35. I have always wanted to visit Utah. I am wondering if I could make a road trip of it for my family.

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  36. These are some great tips! We love Summer road trips so these will definitely come in handy, and we definitely need a new air filter!

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  37. I'll be picking up air filters for our van this week and I'm very excited to see the difference they make on road trips!

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  38. Those are some pretty awesome tips. I like to bring electronics and books to keep my kids busy!

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  39. So many great tips and I agree - we never travel with out paper towels, garbage bags and wipes. I've never tried a car air filter. Living in the city wonder if this would be beneficial?

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  40. Oooo so many great suggestions here!!! We try to take as many road trip as possible. We are all about the snacks when we're on the road!

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  41. I think we're due for a cabin filter change. I usually just get it when I get my oil changed, never really thought about doing it myself. These are great tips though for planning and prepping for a road trip adventure. We plan to take a few adventures this summer as well!

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  42. These items are definitely essentials for a road tips. Great post with so many helpful tips, AnnMarie!

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