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Anyone that knows me well knows that I am not a roadtripper and I usually have a non-negotiable 4-hour max rule for car rides. However, there are those times that a road trip simply cannot be avoided and for those times I standby the following list of necessary reinforcement so that I can still love my children when the trip finally comes to an end:
1. Snacks for dayssssss.
This one is just a given for all parents. If anyone flips out in the car, my go to is to run through this list, always starting with a snack. My kiddos’ favorite snacks include:
-Sammy Jammys (these are new and can be found here:
-...and many, many more!
All television restrictions are thrown out the car window when a road trip is occurring. For any and all birthdays, holidays, etc. I always request whatever movies are oldest daughter is into on blu-ray AND digital copy. Those little papers that are inside newer movies that say you can redeem your digital copy and have become my favorite things in the ENTIRE world! They mean that you can download new movies to your tablet, iPad, computer, etc. and watch them on the go….and we do. We also have 2 SUVs that do not have dvd players. To ensure that our kiddos can see their movies and aren’t constantly exiting out of the screen we bought these awesome and cheap Velcro removable mounting apparatuses for our vehicle:
I highly recommend! The Velcro on these bad boys is legit, ours has never fallen off and it's 2+ years old now.
3. A box of fun.
This is a must for trips to the road trips, trips to the grocery, trips down the street…etc. No parent wants to listen to drama of any sort as they are attempting to “concentrate” on navigating a moving vehicle around town (which, if you ask me, should be against the law… there is literally nothing more distracting than children in your car). I like to keep a small crate of play packs (omg these are amazing) and can be found here:
notebooks, pens, stickers, small toys that haven’t been seen in a while and small board books (the baby is obsessed with tiny board books and bath books). I find these trinkets to be actual lifesavers that I can throw behind me in a sticky situation. Obviously, I keep the snacks in my crate too…
4. Frequent breaks.
Any roadtrip would be incomplete without some sort of a potty break. These potty breaks become more frequent when you have a potty-trained toddler who loves water and an infant who hates their carseat. Another tip, make everyone get out during breaks, even if it is only a break for gas as an extra stretch does everybody some good.
What are your traveling lifesavers? Good luck and safe travels!