We love us a good road trip! I am always excited to get to spend hours alone with my family. I love sitting next to Mav and chatting the hours away as children sleep. Ruth- our 13 ear old- has said her favorite art of the trip is the drive. Here are some tips we have learned over the years that might help your family love them too.
- Adjust your attitude. This week we took a trip with another family us in our car them in theirs. 7 children altogether. We stopped a lot. Pee pee stops, poop stops, and puke stops. Amazingly we were all happy and if anyone was frustrated by pulling over every hour of our 5 hour drive, it didn't show.
- Prepare your children's spaces. Water, snack, book, stickers, DS, stuffed animal etc.... all within reach. (don't forget car chargers)
- Have a change of clothes accessible.
- For young children we have always kept a potty chair and wipes in the trunk. Line in with a plastic bag for easy clean up. You never know when 10 miles to the next stop might just be too far, or a decent bathroom is nowhere to be found.
- We prefer to stop at Starbucks when possible and use their bathrooms. A Starbucks app can direct you to the nearest one.
- Sing songs. Play car games, like eyespy and turkey lurkey.
- We do bring a movie or two although my favorite is listening to old time radio shows and audio books. The latter two are so good for your child's imagination and you can download them for free on iTunes. Movies take away the role of their "minds eye", but a story enhances it.
- I like to have snack in the car they don't always get. Bubble gum and suckers are best because they are sugary and last a long time. Plus it is hard to be loud with a sucker in your mouth.
- Keep a barf bag handy. We use ziploc freezer bags because they help contain the smell.
I would love to hear your favorite road trip sanity savers.