Family Trip Essentials: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books

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Books For the Long HaulDiary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinley original book in series with red cover, The Ugly Truth purple cover, The Last Straw green cover, Dog Days yellow cover

  • What: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books
  • When: Going on family trips
  • Why: Funny, easy to read, repeat readings
  • Where: Amazon

Each day we highlight one item we used extensively during our trip, from entertainment to necessities like food and water. Our three kids, at ages 11, 9, and 7, now pack their own travel entertainment bags and their clothes as well. Some items, therefore, were chosen entirely by the kids, while some we packed to make our lives easier. 

While our eldest child picked Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales as his first choice for reading material, our middle child packed multiple selections from Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. At nine years old, she still loves these graphic novels about the trials and tribulations of Greg Heffley and his middle school years. Even better, both her older and younger brother, at ages 11 and 7, adore these books, too. So all three kids got tons of mileage out of these easy, light-hearted reads.

Nine year old girl reading Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid graphic novel by Jeff Kinney
Two of our three kids reading and listening to Diary of a Wimpy Kid selections on our trip abroad.

The top picks for our trip included The Long Haul and Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid. Each of our kids read these books multiple times during our travels. From winding down at bedtime to down time between family activities, they could pick up the story anytime and any place. 

Eleven year old reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul while eating cereal for breakfast
Our eleven-year-old also spent plenty of time reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Even better, if you want more Diary of a Wimpy Kid without overloading your child’s backpack or suitcase, get the audiobook versions. We borrowed several from our local library to supplement the hard copies they packed, so they had even more of the titles to enjoy. The movies of the same name also make for great family entertainment that almost everyone can agree on, whether you’re at home or on the go.

Next time you hit the road and want some quality reading material for your kids, don’t forget one or more of these graphic novels.

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