I’ll be honest. My favourite road trip was before I had kids. However, I was pregnant with Madison at the time and my cousin was pregnant with her daughter. We drove from Chicago, Illinois to Branson, MO. If I recall, it is about a 10-hour drive. With two pregnant ladies. And my husband. If you have ever driven with my husband, you will know that he does stop for anything. Then we stop right away. I wish was kidding. It was fun because that was the last hurrah for both our families. It was our last vacation, so we both made the best of it.
That being said my family takes a road trip at least once a month up to Wisconsin. For those of you who don’t know — I’m from Green Bay. That is a 4 hr drive from where I currently live. I have the road trip mastered. Here are a few tips for you if you are taking your kids on the road:
- Portable DVD player. They are in Target’s Black Friday ad. Get one. If you have two kids, get the one with two screens. Trust me on that one! The ones we have attached to the back of the front seats, so there is no fighting over who is holding it or any of that. Lifesaver. That’s all I can say.
- Pack drinks and food. With kids, they aren’t hungry or thirsty when you are. If you have food in the car, you don’t have to stop unless you want to. If you have lunch boxes for each of your kids, even better. Then they can’t fight over the food. (Can you tell I’ve been there!)
- Pack books. If your kids can read, books are awesome. My kids don’t always want to watch the same movie, and Madison often times will pick a book anyway. We have at least 5 books in the car at all times.
- Bring CDs. Nothing is better than car sing-a-longs. That’s what memories are made from.
- Bring blankets/pillows, etc. This holds especially true in the winter. We have left before and not had it snowing. We then got 2 hours into the trip and encountered a snow storm! A 4-hour drive turned into an almost 8-hour drive! It was bad. If we had broken down in that, the kids at least would have stayed warm.