Wondering What to Pack for a Road Trip for Tweens?


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When it comes to knowing what to pack for a road trip for tweens, a lot of people find themselves struggling. They are no longer children, and so a simple game or a sticker book is unlikely to suffice. However, a long road trip can be boring without entertainment.

Even for adults, sitting in a car for a long period of time with nothing much to do can be dull. Not only does it lead to boredom – and occasionally, complaining – but it can make even a short road trip seem much, much longer. 

To help you out, we have listed some of our ‘must have’ supplies for a road trip for tweens.

1. Don’t Forget to Pack Seriously Good Snacks!

If you ask anyone what to pack for a road trip for tweens, it’s likely that snacks will be at the top of their list. Snacks are one of the most important things to stash in your bag on a road trip of any length. A selection of snacks is something that can help keep your energy levels up and make the trip more enjoyable from beginning to end. After all, who wants to be hungry and waiting for the next stop?

2. Make a Playlist!

Whether you’re going old school with CDs or creating a Spotify playlist is more your thing, don’t forget to bring music along with you. Regardless of where you are going, music is a great way to get into the mood for a road trip. Share some of your favorite songs with your tweens, and they can share theirs with you. Even if you only use it for some background noise, it beats listening to the road and other vehicles.

3. Games for the Whole Family to Get Involved With!

Games are the ideal way to pass the time on a road trip, and who doesn’t like playing games? Many games get tweens working together and entertaining one another in the car, and some are even a welcome break away from staring at a screen.

Need some help finding some games for tweens on a road trip? Check out our top 3 below!

  1. BrainBolt
  2. IQ Puzzler Pro
  3. Minecraft Magnetic Travel Puzzle
  4. Amazing Magic Pens
  5. How to Draw Animals
  6. Factopia
  7. The Girls’ Doodle Book

1 BrainBolt ,  $26.99 $26.99

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Fast Light Up Memory Game!

This is the ideal game for a road trip, as tweens can simply pop it in their backpacks to play on route or while they are away. It can even be played in the dark, so it’s great for late night drives. BrainBolt is compact, quick and can be played solo or with another player. It’s a high pressure game, which is sure to get tweens engaged and immersed instantly. There are various levels and difficulties to BrainBolt too.

2 IQ Puzzler Pro ,  $14.99 $14.99

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The Ultimate Brain Teaser!

Packing some games for when your tweens want to take a break from listening to music or playing on their phones is key, but there is no reason as to why the fun can’t be combined with a bit of learning. Using combinations of colored connected balls, IQ Puzzler Pro asks tweens to complete a variety of constructed designs. There’s a range of difficulty, making it something the entire family can enjoy.

3 Minecraft Magnetic Travel Puzzle ,  $19.99 $19.99

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Travel Problem Solving Game!

If you have Minecraft fans on your hands, this problem solving game is sure to be a hit. There’s 40 challenges to choose from, ranging from beginner to expert. Players must use deductive reasoning, visual clues and problem solving skills to find the correct arrangement of weapons. It’s lightweight, compact and perfect for putting in a backpack.

4 Amazing Magic Pens ,  $25.99 $25.99

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Create Amazing Patterns!

With this set of 25 magic pens, tweens will be kept entertained on any long road trip. There’s no shortage of fun to have with these color changing pens, from writing invisible messages to creating magical pictures. Plus, everything can be erased instantly! It’s the ideal way to get creative juices flowing in the back of the car.

5 How to Draw Animals ,  $19.99 $19.99

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Draw Your Favorite Animals!

Do you have animal loving tweens? Give them the chance to draw different wild animals with this creative ‘how to’ pack. It has everything you need to draw an array of animals, including a step-by-step instruction book and high quality coloring pencils. Any road trip is sure to fly by with this many animals to draw!

6 Factopia ,  $15.99 $15.99

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Learn Something New!

How much do your tweens know about the world around them? With Factopia, they will be dazzling you with new facts in no time. This book is packed full of interesting, funny and unbelievable facts. It’s the ideal addition to any road trip with tweens who love to ask questions and find out more. Share your favorite facts with one another and see what everyone else finds interesting.

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7 The Girls’ Doodle Book ,  $12.99 $12.99

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Doodle Away the Day!

Time flies when you are doodling, which is why this doodle book for girls is such a great road trip activity. With prompts and challenges to enjoy, girls won’t struggle for drawing inspiration. All they need is a set of pencils or markers, and then the rest is up to their imagination. They can sit back, relax and let their artistic talents show. If you have a tween boy, there is also a doodle book for them too!



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