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When packing for a road trip, I know from experience that it's the inside of the car that can get all messy, dirty and disorganized while traveling- and that makes me crazy!  That's why I've created a system to keep things neat and organized so the kids can find what they are looking for and have a great time during all those hours that we are spending in the car on a family road trip!

Heading out on the road soon? Here are some travel hacks on how to pack your car for a road trip- from a Mom of 6 kids!

 

Here is what you need to organize the inside of your car when packing for a road trip!

Packing for a Road Trip Using Kids Car Organizers

kids car seat organizer

These kids car organizers This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. are totally awesome- they have lots of compartments inside so one bin can easily be shared between two siblings.

Keep in mind that you will need to have an extra seat between the two kids in order to use these bins, or room on the floor between two captains seats. They are secured using the seat belt for that middle seat which means the bins won't move around or fall off of the seat.

Each bin has two cup holders, and the bin also comes with a lid that can be flipped over and used as a food tray, which is a really nice feature.

Don't have space between the seats? This hanging car organizer This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. keeps the back seat organized too!

Under The Seat Bins

under the seat bin to organize the car

Now I know this won't work for every type of car, but underneath each child's seat we use a plastic storage bin This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. to hold additional travel gear such as a nice cozy fleece blanket This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. that they can snuggle up with in the car, a pair of sunglasses, a sweatshirt, and it's where they can also store their shoes (which they love to take off when they get into the car) as well as the extra pair of shoes that they have with them on the trip.

This bin keeps all of this clutter off of the floor and makes it just so much neater on the floor of the car.

Planning a family road trip?

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Packing for a Road Trip: Entertainment

Heading out on the road this summer? Here is how to organize the inside of your car when packing for a road trip- from a Mom of 6 kids!

I love these over-the-headrest, velcro-strapped DVD player holders This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. . It is easy to shift the location of the DVD player if I want to move it from the driver's headrest to the passenger's headrest, and when sitting in the passenger seat, the smooth strap doesn't bother my head. And the design of the holder also makes it easy for the kids to access the DVD player and switch out movies on their own.

For longer road trips- we use these Sylvania Dual-Screen DVD players This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. (bought ours 4+ years ago and they still work great!)

ipad headrest mount

Or you can download Netflix titles to your iPad for the car ride- and then you might want an iPad headrest mount This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. for your car to hold it in place.

Now the other issue you might run into- is having the ability to keep everything charged and humming along! In our car with 6 kids each having a phone as well as a DVD player- we need to be able to charge a whole lot of things! So we use this power inverter This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. and a couple of extension cords that snake under the seat to keep everyone happy!

Looking for some travel games to entertain the kids in the car? Then check out this post on 10 Great Travel Games for Kids!

 

A Place to Put the Garbage

trash bags for the car to keep it organized

Each row has its own garbage bag- it's just a plastic shopping bag from the grocery store- and this really helps keep the car neat. I love that the kids don't keep passing their garbage up to me to throw away for them- they can take care of it themselves!

When we arrive at our destination in the evening, they can pick up any little wrappers or anything that's on the floor around them and put it in a garbage bag and then dispose of the bag as we walk into the hotel, making the car nice and neat to start the next day.

Want something sturdier and a little more leak-proof than a grocery store plastic bag? We love this XL leak-proof bin This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. !

Backpacks to Carry Items Into the Hotel

backpacks to organize the inside of a car for a road trip

Each row also has a backpack that we keep underneath the seat, and when we arrive at the hotel for the evening, each child can pick up their own electronics, their chargers, their headphones, and anything else that they want to carry into the hotel into their backpack. Easy peasy.

The next morning when it's time to check out of the hotel, they are responsible for finding their own electronics, headphones, and chargers, and putting all of it back into the backpack to return the items to the blue bins once we get back into the car.

Want to See Road Trip Organization in Action?

I created this YouTube video that shares exactly how I plan and organize our family road trip…. check it out:

Heading out on the road soon? Here are some travel hacks on how to pack your car for a road trip- from a Mom of 6 kids!

Planning a Family Road Trip?

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