Have you traveled with a small child before? Let me just give you a few tips, tricks and a full out LIFE saver when traveling long distances with kiddos. We drive A LOT when traveling. Last year we hit a horrific snow storm along the East Coast and drive 33 hours. If you have little one's you need to be prepared because you just NEVER know what will happen on the road.
I have a son so this is what I pack in his GO-TO Travel bin. I grab a inexpensive bin (it is going to be joggled around in the car no need to splurge) from Dollar Tree. A few activities my son can do whilst we drive. Spelling words with Magnetized letters, games, crayons and coloring books!
Along with Coloring books I also pack journals. These are great to let his imagination run wild as he watches our world pass via his car window. I also include activity books and STICKERS! You heard me stickers. I try and grab people so he is more likely to create reenactments on hi journal pages. Now I waited for him to be five before I introduced this because little kids can be swayed to stick stickers on your car doors and windows.....Not that I have experience with this, HAHAHA!
Bring games (He LOVES Harry Potter if you didn't already know). I would suggest some fun printable games via Pinterest. My favorite was "Would you Rather" Harry Potter style! We can all join in and it keeps the conversation open while having fun riding along.
Another great tip: I always place the crayons in a Ziploc Bag. Also include toys. He is getting a bit older but if you are on a long trip these really do help pass the time. There is no real "right" way to pack it up but make it easily accessible. We have it sit right next to his Booster seat. Try this out on your next trip because you will thank me! Anything to die down the dreaded: "Mom, are we there yet"?