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It’s not always easy to know what to do with your kids when moving day arrives. Some parents want their kids to be involved in the move while others would rather keep them away from the traffic of movers with heavy loads. Once the moving truck is loaded and ready to go, some families will have a lengthy car drive before they arrive at their new home. How will you keep your kids happy during that road trip?

No matter what you choose to do with your kids during a move, it’s definitely a good idea to plan ahead so you’re prepared. Here are some ideas on how you can keep your kids happy and entertained during a move:

Let Them Help Pack Their Own Room

Help your child identify the items that are going with you to your new home and which items may be staying behind or are being donated. Then set them up with the right size boxes and let them start packing up. You will probably need to work alongside them to ensure boxes aren’t packed too heavy and that the right things are packed in the right box. Your kids will be happy to be involved and it helps them look forward to the move.

Make an “On-The-Move” Bag

Give your child a backpack or other small suitcase and let them choose a few favorite items that will stay with them through the duration of the move. Along with a few toys, games and books, you might also encourage them to pack some pajamas, a favorite blanket and other items they might need for the first night in the new house.


Food is always a winner with kids! Before moving day gets underway, be sure to stock up on snacks for your kids, keeping them separate from other food in the kitchen that might get packed away. Snacks are especially good to have on hand when you’re traveling in the car for long periods of time. You may want to steer clear of snacks with too much sugar.


You can keep your kids entertained for at least an hour or two when you put on a movie. This can help as you’re packing at your soon-to-be previous residence or in the car as you travel to your new home. You might even designate a room in your home that is just for the kids on moving day to keep them away from the heavy moving.

Books and Games

Picture books, road-trip games and even audiobooks are all great ways to keep your children happy and entertained as you move. When you reach your limit with movies on your trip, books and games are perfect alternatives. Games are a great way to involve the entire family and can make the time pass by in a jiffy.

If you and your family have a move coming up soon, consider using a professional moving company like GetYourMoveOn to do the work for you. This allows you to focus on your kids. Call us to learn more about our services or for a free estimate – 480-695-6621.

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