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Must have Items in Mom’s Road Trip Survival Bag

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Must haves in mom's road trip survival bag

We all know what to pack in a kid’s road trip bag right? Lots of snacks, more activities than you can shake a stick at, books, and electronics? But what about Mom’s Road Trip Survival Bag? I take a lot of road trips with my children. Long road trips that require multiple days of driving. And I’ve learned over the years that I also have to pack a road trip survival bag for myself as well or my sanity is left far behind and that’s usually not a good thing. Here’s my list of must have items in a road trip survival bag for mom!

Must have items in Mom's Road Trip Survival Bag

Mom’s Road Trip Survival Bag for Calm Road Trips

The first tip for calm road trips of course, is leaving the children at home. If that’s not possible, the second tip is driving a retired limo with a divider window. 😀 Just Kidding. Sort of. But ok, if you must take the children along when you road trip, you’ll want to make sure you pack for your sanity as well as theirs.

Must Haves in Mom's Road Trip Survival Bag

Bare Necessities

Don’t forget the bare necessities. For me, that means I must have a water bottle, travel coffee mug, sunglasses, and my phone. I also make sure I have a travel first aid kit that includes items for me (like ibuprofen, essential oils, and homeopathics) as well as bandaids and neosporin for the kids.

Sanity Savers in Mom's Road Trip Survival Bag

Sanity Savers

You’ll also want to make sure you put sanity savers in your road trip survival bag: things to make the ride cleaner and smoother like trash bags, wipes, napkins, and paper towels for those accidents that inevitably happen every single time we go some where. It also means having mini bottles of wine so I can decompress once we reach the hotel on day 1 (remember I take a lot of road trips that involve multiple day journeys). Finally, I like to make sure I have something a little more intellectual to listen to on the drive than the Chipmunks or whatever movie my kids watch 20 million times in a row. Downloading podcasts or finding books on tape, or even finding the NPR XM Radio station for me to listen to while my kids put on headphones and watch movies really helps save my sanity!

Lorissa's Kitchen jerky, must have in mom's road trip survival bag

Mom approved snacks

The last must have in my road trip survival bag is mom approved snacks. My favorite type of snacks seem to be salty or protein filled lately. Since chips really aren’t a healthy option, I try to avoid them. I was very excited to find a portable protein snack recently from Lorissa’s Kitchen. Lorissa’s Kitchen  snacks that are high in protein, low in carbs, low in fat, contain no MSG, no preservatives and are gluten free. They’re also really yummy! My kids even enjoyed them, but I put them in my mom bag so I don’t have to share. 😀

Along with grass-fed beef, Lorissa’s Kitchen uses responsibly raised pork and ingredients that you can find right in your own kitchen.These yummy snacks come in three flavors: Lorissa’s Kitchen Korean Barbeque Beef, Lorissa’s Kitchen Sweet Chili Pork, Lorissa’s Kitchen Szechuan Peppercorn Beef. While I enjoyed all the flavors, Lorissa’s Kitchen Szechuan Peppercorn Beef was my favorite. I enjoyed that this snack was easy to chew and came in small bites. It was the perfect snack for road trips!

I know you’re going to want to try these delicious snacks so I’ll tell you were to find them! I found Lorissa’s Kitchen products right up front at Walmart by the check out. They caught my eye immediately and I’m glad I grabbed them.

Lorissa's Kitchen Beef Jerky - where to find it at Walmart

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Please share in the comments below how you maintain sanity on long road trips with kids and what items are in YOUR Road Trip Survival Bag!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankNicky says

    I saw this jerky the other day but didn’t grab it. I’ll have to get it the next time I’m there. Mom’s do need their own sanity travel kit. Yours it great. I’ll have to add these snacks and the bottles of wine to my next trip. 🙂

  2. blankAlecia @ CSNY says

    We don’t take too many road trips but I’ve learned that lots of snack options are a live saver with a two year old! She isn’t normally a picky eater but something about that car seat makes her turn up her nose at everything!

  3. blankDanielle says

    I’ve never heard of Lorissa’s Kitchen, I’ll have to see if I can find it. We don’t take many trips to Walmart, so I’ll have to make a trip. These are some great tips, thank you for sharing!

  4. blankKC the Kitchen Chopper says

    Grabbing the wine bottles reminds me of a Campbell’s Soup ad that the overhead announcer states the schools are closed and Mom grabs a bottle of wine! So funny!

  5. blankJoanna @ Everyday Made Fresh says

    Sounds like we have similar must haves! 🙂 I can’t leave the house to go anywhere, road trip or not, without water, sunglasses adn a travel cup of coffee! You just never know! ;-)I have never heard of Lorissa’s Kitchen before, but it sounds yummy! We love jerky around here.

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