I've come up with a few rules for such munchies:
1. All munchies must be bite-sized (to cut down on crumbs).
2. All munchies must be non-melting.
3. All munchies must be non-sticky.
4. Some munchies (if not a majority) must be fresh fruit/veggies.
5. No candy whatsoever. (Can be purchased at a gas station as a reward, but not packed into the car to begin with.)
I also decided to take water bottles instead of soda this time around. I purchased those little packets of individual sugar-free flavors to add to the water bottles, but all choices were non-brightly-colored (such as apple, orange, and lemonade - forgo cranberry, fruit punch, and grape as they will surely stain clothing and/or car upholstery should they spill). The kids get sippy cups or sport cups to be refilled in the car on the road.
Other road trip necessities:
- roll of small garbage bags
- roll of paper towels
- container of baby wipes
- hand sanitizer
- extra set of clothing + blanket, favorite stuffed animal, diapers + wipes for babies/toddlers
- DVD player + movies
- books on CD or kids' music CD's
- coloring books, colored pencils (not crayons - they melt!)
- learning workbooks for older kids (math, spelling, etc)
- favorite small toys - but none with small pieces
- pillows, light blankets
- jackets (in case the weather is bad)
- first aid kit
- cell phone + charger
- jug of water, in case car over-heats
- Ball, Frisbee, or jumprope (something that helps the kids quickly use up a lot of energy at rest stops) [Thanks, Denise!]
- Kid-friendly map for older kids with the route highlighted so they don't have to keep asking if we're almost there yet [Thanks, Denise!]
What else do you include when you go on road trips???