How to Keep Sibling Peace in the Car {Free Road Trip Scavenger Hunt}

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How to prevent siblings from fighting on car trips, plus a free printable Christmas road trip scavenger hunt. #shop

My three kids argue with each other about as much as most siblings do. Which is to say, a lot. So when we all pile in the car for a long drive to visit family, I need a plan. Keeping sibling peace in the car is critical for my sanity!

We’re a road tripping family. We drove all the way to Maryland from Texas when the twins were not quite one and Liam was four. On another trip we drove up to St. Louis, over to Colorado, and then back home to Texas. This holiday season we’re taking it easy and staying in state to visit my husband’s family… but it’s a big state!

It’s definitely a long enough drive for World War III to break out in the back of my minivan.

How to Keep Sibling Peace in the Car

I keep the peace by making sure the kids are busy. We bring along a supply of audiobooks and toys. Sometimes we bring a tablet with a pre-loaded movie or two. To fill in all the gaps, I put together folders for each child with an Are-We-There-Yet map, coloring sheets, and scavenger hunts.

With each of these things, I plan how the kids will share them. For instance, if we have printed scavenger hunts, each of my twins gets her own copy. Then, they work as a team with one girl looking out each side of the car. Liam sits in the third row behind Isabella, and either helps both sisters, or gets his own more advanced road trip scavenger hunt.

It’s always a scramble putting these car activities together ahead of time, but it helps us so much to have plenty on hand to pull out when the kids get squirrely. (Keep reading – I have one for you!)

Tips on keeping siblings from fighting on car trips, plus a free printable Christmas road trip scavenger hunt. #shop

Sanity Before the Road Trip

Another thing I like to do before a road trip is make sure the car is caught up on all its maintenance. The day before the kids got out for Thanksgiving break, my To Do list was a mile long. But my oil change light had come on, and I knew I needed to get it done.

oil-change-location #shop

I stopped in at Walmart – ours has an Automotive Care Center attached to the side of the store. It was so easy! I asked for Pennzoil® Platinum Full Synthetic oil. It‘s on Rollback for $44.88 (from $49.88) through December 27, 2016 – yay! Plus, I know that synthetic oil is good for my car’s engine (Pennzoil has PurePlus™ Technology, which keeps the pistons cleaner than other brands).

While the experts got to work, I waltzed straight into Walmart and bought some household items for Thanksgiving. It was awesome checking the oil change and the shopping off my list simultaneously!

I’ll definitely be going back there for the next oil change. I’m sold on the synthetic oil too. It does a better job in extreme temperatures. We don’t get that in the winter here, but we sure do in the summer. If you live up north, you may have the opposite experience.

Pennzoil synthetic is now available at Walmart stores nationwide. If you live in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee you’ll be happy to read that it’s newly available in your state too. (Find the closest one here.)

Don’t forget: Pennzoil® Platinum Full Synthetic is on Rollback ($49.88 Rollback to $44.88) through December 27, 2016.

Holiday Road Trip Scavenger Hunt

Tips on keeping siblings from fighting on car trips, plus a free printable Christmas road trip scavenger hunt. #shop

With holiday travel in mind, I made a special kids’ road trip scavenger hunt printable. Grab a copy to pull out when you need it most, and encourage the kids to work on it as a team. Tell them to look on billboards and other signs as well as on the road. Download it here:


Happy Travels!

A free printable Christmas themed road trip scavenger hunt. Plus,how to keep siblings from fighting in the car. #shop

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3 thoughts on “How to Keep Sibling Peace in the Car {Free Road Trip Scavenger Hunt}

  • David @ Spiced

    What a great idea to help entertain the kids on a roadtrip! I definitely remember driving to Grandma’s and fighting like cats and dogs with my sister in the backseat…my poor parents! Thanks for the tips, and I hope you have a much more normal roadtrip this year! #client