How to Keep Your Kids Entertained During Long Holiday Trips

Sharing is caring!


Holiday trips are always crazy, especially with the long traffic jam, crowded airports, incredibly long lines, and more. Regardless of how you get around with the holiday season, it can get stressful. But, having kids on the trip is another challenge. The endless ‘are we there yet?’, cries, petty fights, and tantrums will be some of the highlights of your trip—unless you prepare ahead of time. 

Fortunately, there are several ways to keep your kids entertained during long holiday trips with only a few early preparations. Let’s begin!

  1. Ask them to create a vacation scrapbook. 

Creating a vacation scrapbook is perfect for both younger and older kids. Give them a small notebook or some loose pages along with several pens, pencils, crayons, stickers, and washi tapes. Since this is their scrapbook, let them be as creative as they want to be.

They can document the whole trip by drawing pictures of the places you visit, jotting down memorable moments, or pasting mementos like tickets, receipts, leaves, and more. Not only will this occupy their time during long hours of travel, but it will also allow them to document and remember the trip better. You can even make your own version of the scrapbook later on!

  1. Plan your stopovers accordingly.

If you’re driving to your destination, plan your stopovers ahead. Look for parks, gas stations, and restrooms that have playgrounds or open spaces for the kids to run around. This will help them release all their energy so they can take a long nap during the car ride.

If you’re flying, try to get a window seat for your kids. They’ll be fascinated by the view and it will occupy them for a good amount of time. If you can, download some in-flight entertainment for them as well.

  1. Prepare a list of movies and shows they can watch along the way.

Streaming the best kids TV shows and movies can be a lifesaver during long car rides or flights. But, before you start streaming, make sure to download them offline first. This way, you won’t have to worry about high data charges or bad internet connection.

Fortunately, many streaming services now offer offline download features, like Netflix and Hulu. Byt if you’re not up for screen time, you can always opt for audiobooks. There are many great stories that your kids will surely enjoy listening to. Plus, it’s a great way to bond with them as well!

  1. Play I Spy or License Plate Game

If you’re traveling by car, playing I Spy, or the License Plate Game is a great way to keep your kids entertained. I Spy is perfect for younger kids, while the License Plate Game can be more challenging and fun for older ones.

To play I Spy, one person starts by saying, “I spy with my eye something…” and then describes an object they see. The others in the car will then take turns guessing what it is. As for the License Plate Game, the goal is to find license plates from as many states as possible. You can even keep track of it by marking them down on a map!

  1. Download mobile games.

While it’s always a goal to minimize your kid’s screentime, it wouldn’t hurt to let them play for a short period during the holiday trip. There are many great mobile games that are both entertaining and educational. And the best part is, you can easily download them on your phone or tablet. 

Some games require an internet connection, so make sure to have a reliable mobile provider if you download online mobile games. Some of our favorites include Fruit Ninja, Cut The Rope, Plants vs. Zombies, and Temple Run. These games are perfect for short car rides or waiting in line at the airport. Just make sure to set a time limit so they won’t get too addicted!

  1. Bring their favorite snacks. 

When all else fails, go for food.  Pack their favorite snacks and drinks to keep them satisfied (and distracted) during long trips. But, make sure to bring healthy snacks as well to balance out all the junk food. Some of our favorites include fruits, veggies, granola bars, yogurt, and crackers.


Traveling with kids shouldn’t be stressful. It’s also great to take advantage of their younger years to create lasting memories during your holiday trips. With these failproof tips, we hope you and your family have a happy and stress-free holiday trip!