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How to Keep Kids Happy in the Car

Are you planning a long road trip with your kids this Spring Break? Unfortunately, any length of road trip can feel like an eternity to children, which adds to your stress and makes the whole trip less enjoyable. At Empire Rent A Car, we know the key to keeping kids happy is keeping them occupied. Listed below are our favorite ways to distract kids and keep them happy in the car.

How to Keep Kids Happy in the Car


Audiobooks can be very entertaining, as the stories are often told in funny voices and include sound effects. Audiobooks will also keep kids happy in the car for long stretches at a time. Try to choose a story that the whole family can enjoy, or allow the kids to listen to a story on their own device with headphones.

Pack a Travel Kit

A fantastic way to hold the kids attention in the car for longer than five minutes is a travel kit full of fun kids’ activities. Add things like (easily removable) stickers to decorate the back seat, books, coloring or activity books, crayons, and new toys for the kids to explore once they get into the car. A fun idea to make it last even longer is to individually wrap new toys or books that your children haven’t seen before, and to give them something new every so often throughout the drive.

Bring Plenty of Snacks

Every veteran parent knows that fed kids are happy kids. Pack plenty of snacks that won’t make a mess and can be easily divided up to keep kids happy in the car. This will eliminate the need to stop so often for food and will keep the kids occupied in the car. Bottles of water and hand wipes are also a necessity, and don’t forget a trash bag to collect the inevitable scraps and wrappers.

Enjoy your road trip this year with happy kids and a car rental from Empire Rent A Car. We serve New York City and the surrounding areas with an extensive fleet of affordable and reliable rental cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans, so give us a call at (800) 750-8782 or book online today!

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