We’re heading out on the road tomorrow to visit Shane’s family for Easter. Not everyone loves driving for six hours, but I do.
I LOVE road trips.
I love those six hours it takes us to drive to see Shane’s family.
I can actually sit quietly and do NOTHING.
I am not obligated to fold laundry, clean my house or run after the kids.
I do hand juice boxes and books back to the boys and occasionally change the CD, but that’s about it!
It’s a lovely time to read, sit and think, take a catnap, listen to some music, or chat with hubby. It’s something I really look forward to.
We head out to see the in-laws twice a year – Thanksgiving and Easter. Over the past few years I have come up with a few things that help us have a good trip.
1) Re-usable packing list. I keep it on my computer, update it with anything new/different, print it out and I’m ready to pack.
2) Food. For our road trip I always pack some bunwiches, juice boxes and water bottles, portable fruit like bananas & apples, baked treats like banana chocolate chip muffins and cookies, munchies like trail mix or pretzels, and a few candies or treat size chocolate bars that come in useful as bribes in the car! If the weather is good we stop for a picnic lunch at a rest stop about 2.5 hours into the journey. It lets the kids run off some steam. If the weather is crappy we simply eat in the car. I always bring lots of wet-ones and paper towels for those inevitable spills!
2) Travel toys. Grayson is allowed to take whatever toys/books he wants that fit into his backpack and I pack a selection toys/books for Sam. I also try to bring a few new dollar store items to bring out when the boredom hits.
3) Comfort items. Grayson and Sam both bring a stuffed animal and a cozy blanket so they can rest a little bit more comfortably. Grayson doesn’t nap at home anymore, but he will inevitably fall asleep in the car!
4) Music. We don’t have a DVD player in the car but we listen to a variety of kids and grownup music, as well as books on tape. A change in music can change the atmosphere in the car.
5) Just for me. I usually pack a book I have been meaning to read, a magazine to flip through and my computer. I have been known to sort digital photos and digi-scrap in the car for sure! I also bring along earphones so I can listen to music when the boys are sleeping or listening to something different.
Those little things make a big difference in getting ready for, and having, a nice journey. And for more specific tips for traveling with kids, check out this post.
Whether or not you are traveling this weekend, have a safe and Happy Easter!