Being the mother of 5, I have learned a few tricks along the way. I am not going to tell you what to pack or give you a running list. You know where your destination is going to be. Clothes, underwear, toothbrushes are a given. But, I am going to give you my Top 5 Tips For An Easy Road Trip With Kids to ensure your family travel turns into your ultimate vacation.
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Always bring an item that is familiar. For example, a favorite stuffed animal that your child sleeps with or likes to hold. My youngest daughter sleeps with her special blanket. I would not dare to leave the house, especially on an overnight trip.
Pack the car with games, for instance, car bingo. For older children, charged tablets or video games. Ever heard of the phrase, keep them busy...keep them out of trouble? The same philosophy applies for traveling too. Time goes by much faster if your children are occupied.
This is a combination of items that you want to be able to use while driving. That means, these items you do not pack! Antibacterial wipes, tissues, and a first aid kit is important. Literally, my daughter broke her ankle in a parking lot...tripping over the curb. Accidents happen, so be prepared. An extra trash bag is a necessity, otherwise the floor of your vehicle will be renamed 'the dumping ground'. I keep all these items where I can reach them. The organizer I have found to be the best is HIGH ROAD. It keeps the car clutter free and yet it makes items accessible.
Bring a light jacket for each child and yourself. Even though you may be driving in warm temperatures, if you stop at a restaurant, the place will be cool. Instead of relaxing, the only thing you will hear are the constant complaints of how someone is cold!
The most important is to pack a cooler. This beats the "I'm Hungry" claim! Or, every time you stop at a rest area, you will spend extra time and money. Plus, picking up the random burger or ice cream is not that great for anyone. I always pack water, preferably the smaller bottles. That way, I am not finding twenty different bottles that have been opened, with no one wanting to claim them. If you are traveling with small children, prepare their sippy cups in advance. For snacks, I am very picky! The only snack food I travel with is popcorn. My favorite is GARY POPPINS.
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