Road trips: Yes the season is upon us! As we approach spring break and of course summer vacation, the time has come to jump in the car and hit the road. We were on the road quite a bit for the past holiday season. We did a lot of traveling to see family and because we had no road trips over the summer I forgot how hard it can be to survive them! I remember in college when I could jump in the car and drive for hours but now we have to stop for potty breaks, food, and of course a few stops to rotate kids to different seats in the van!
The kids and I often make the drive down to Vancouver from Tacoma and over the past few years I have learned a couple things that make our lives a bit easier when we are on the road!
1. Electronics- Yes your mother is probably like my mother and tells me how they survived road trips with children without them. Lucky for us they exist now and you may as well make life easier where you can! I buy dvds throughout the year to pull out on trips. They are always excited to find something that they haven’t seen! Add to that their Leapfrog electronics and they are happy campers! Just don’t forget the earbuds or you’ll be singing theme songs in your sleep for a week!
2. Snacks and drinks- Be sure to bag up the snacks so they can be thrown from the front to the kids in back! This will make sure you have as few stops as possible. What I do is pack up the kids snacks into zipper bags with smaller portions then normal to help spread out how often they snack and also to make sure they aren’t getting over full and feeling sick.
3. Map- Yes there are parts of the country that you can lose your cell service and make sure that you have a backup in case technology fails will be a huge headache saver! I know my son loves to read maps and the upcoming town names so it can also be good entertainment.
4. Good Music- While the kids are doing their thing with ear buds be sure you have good music to jam out to! I love that my car has Bluetooth so I can stream music. I also make sure I keep a USB drive in the car of music as well in case I am almost out of data for the month. I hate to go over my data allowance and streaming music on a long trip can eat it up! Good music makes the drive go faster and can help you stay awake. Plus you can try out Amazon prime unlimited music out for 30 days and trust me you will want to keep this! I love that how many new songs are one it!
5 Patience- This is probably the most important one, just like adults kids also do not enjoy road trips all the time. It can be a long drive so being patient with kids, and remembering potty stops can make all the difference in the world!!
What are your road trip must haves??