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How to Keep Your Child Busy When Traveling

Looking for some peace of mind during your travel, but not being able to relax because of the tantrums your child keeps on throwing every now and then? Well then, this article should be of some use to you. Listed below are some activities to keep a child busy and occupied when travelling:

  1. Sight Seeing

See what time is best for travelling. If your toddler takes an afternoon nap, start your trip early morning. But before leaving the house, check the weather forecast as well as the timings of the sights you wish to visit. Make sure these sights have some interest for your child as well. Children have very little patience for long queues so it would be wise to avoid such places.

While travelling, take breaks every now and then; stop for a diaper change, a small quick snack, or a moment of peace. This will help you to recharge. Science museums and zoos are reliable child amusing places with family restrooms and cafes to relax and eat. Keep in mind that this trip is all about your family, so visit places that your child would like. Tell them about places, start a conversation with them, ask them questions regarding the places etc. That way your child will have fun and learn at the same time.

  1. Good old Video Games

It is a tried and tested fact that nothing can keep a child engaged for long like a good old video game. Be it a Nintendo, PSP or just a smartphone game, children of today are attracted to video games like a honey bee is attracted to flowers for pollen. Hence, if you plan on enjoying the road trip and your child decides to have one of his/her moods, hand your phone to them. They are sure to find many interesting and thrilling games on Friv and Juegos Friv; be it cooking, car racing, adventure or dress-up games, you will find all of them here.

How to Keep Your Child Busy When Traveling

  1. Take the Drawing Kit Along

Drawing their favourite characters and cartoons is sure to keep a child busy for some time. Using a pencil or crayon, draw various objects on a piece of paper and ask your child to guess them. Then, hand the pencil over to them and ask them to draw something, with now your turn to guess. Make pictures and ask them to fill in colour, or form a connect-the-dots image to make things interesting.

Pack a travel drawing-kit that has the following things:

  • A sketch or drawing pad
  • Crayons
  • Color pencils
  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener


  1. Sing Along Songs

Travelling in your car when your child starts getting cranky, crank up the Radio or attach your phone to the Aux cable and play some songs and poems such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or “Old McDonald had a farm”. Play and sing the poems loud and clear using hand gestures and expressions. This would make your child happy during travel and will amuse them endlessly.

  1. Bring Books to Read

Bring along the child’s favourite books and short stories and read to them anywhere, anytime. Make sure that the books are according to the age and interest of the child. For a 3 to 6 years old kid, the books should have lots of colourful pictures and must not be too verbose. In case your child is not fluent in reading, read out to them, but emphasise on the tone and expressions of the story to make certain that they remain engaged and attentive until the end.

*This is a collaborative post.

This article has 22 comments

  1. Heather Johnson

    My oldest loves to read in the car. She will go through an entire reading textbook in an hour or so. My toddler also loves looking at books in the car.

  2. Blair villanueva

    Taking a mobile drawing kit will be good for kids to keep them busy. Or maybe some story book.

  3. Claudia Krusch

    These are great ways to keep kids busy while you travel. I have a Nintendo DS that I try to reserve for trips. Tablets are great to will all the great apps there are now.

  4. tara pittman

    My boys love watching movies. Reading books is also something they do.

  5. Jen Temcio

    These are really good suggestions! Sing along songs are my favorite way to engage the kids and distract them for awhile.

  6. Cassie

    Oh man – the dreaded “are we there yet” being said a million times!! These are wonderful ideas to keep the kids occupied whilst traveling!

  7. Lynzy & Co

    OMG this post is perfect. My kids are HUGE movie fans while we are traveling it keeps them occupied. My oldest daughter she loves watching Disney Go on my tablet.

  8. Theresa Sutton

    These are some great ways to keep the kiddos occupied. I know that sometimes travel can make them super antsy.

  9. Hey Sharonoox

    I love the idea of sight seeing to recharge especially during a long trip and drawing kit. Our family, we play I spy with my little eyes with our kid. He enjoys guessing and it was fun!

  10. Adaleta

    These are great tips! The sing along is always a favourite!

  11. Krystel | Disney on a Budget

    I remember as a kid, I would have a bag full of stuff when we traveled. CD player, Gameboy, coloring books, you name it!

  12. Andrea

    My daughter is going on a road trip with her grandma to California, and these ideas are awesome! Sending her this link now!

  13. Raluca Lenghel Covaci

    I remember when I was a kid and would go on a trip with my family, we always used to sing our hearts out. Nowadays, with so much technology surrounding us, kids have so many options from playing games to watching movies, there’s never a dull moment.

  14. Anosa

    I experience travelling with my colleagues kids and I couldn’t agree more on your list. Having some drawing kit and letting them see the views outside are very effective to keep them busy.

  15. Madelain

    Great plan for traveling parents! Sing along songs are always a good idea for a road trip!


  16. leighanne borders

    Love the ideas for keeping your kids busy when traveling. We do not travel much but when we do we try to make sure they have plenty to do.

  17. Emily Morton

    These are great tips! Traveling with my little one always stresses me out and these could really help!

  18. liz Cleland

    We also enjoy playing the bingo car games? I don’t know if you have ever seen those. I also like to look at #familyfun hashtag on Instagram for local stuff you might not know is in the area you are traveling!

  19. lily@militaryfamof8

    Love travelling with my family. Though little bit tough when you have your kids with you. Oh well I let my 3-yr old daughter do her stuff while travelling to keep her busy all the way. By the way, your written activities are good. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Aimee Geroux

    Such great tips, thank you for sharing. We are considering taking our youngest with us on our next vacation (she will be 4 by the time we go) and these will help!

  21. Aduke @ Aduke Schulist

    I’m so thankful to have a vehicle with a DVD player. It makes driving much more peaceful now. I also second books and small activities.

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