Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls. – Erin Kenny
West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The kids and I were very much looking forward to exploring the great outdoors. This would be our third road trip together and three new states! “Road trip summer 2022, let’s do this!!”
The kids, now 13 and 12, and I have made our way through over 30 states now, by way of planes, trains, buses, and of course, some very lengthy road trips. We love our road trips! Each and every time, we all learn a little bit more about what works, and what does not work, for our family. This time, the weather really put us to the test.
“Removing the walls” became challenging when lightning and heavy rainstorms (to the point of flooding) were present for the majority of our trip. We made the most of it for sure, but it was not the trip we planned for.
After covering 1,600+ miles in 8 days, over 26 hours of drive time, I couldn’t help but think about all the things I wanted to share with families venturing out on road trips. So here it is. My advice to you.
Download movies, games, and podcasts before leaving the house. My daughter would have been lost without the ability to binge Stanger Things. Mind games, 2 player games, tv series, documentaries, you name it, download it. I had a few podcasts that I was able to enjoy while the kids had their headphones on. This obviously helped the time pass quicker and was part of my enjoyment as I drove.
As the driver, I have a container for myself in the front seat. This is mainly snacky stuff for me, but also the sugary treats I do not want the kids devouring at their own wish as I drive. The point is, keep all things easily accessible that you will want as you drive. Napkins, extra water bottles, etc.
Extra tip for ya: stock up on silverware, napkins and condiments. This helps with things like pb&j’s in the room, yogurt, leftovers, etc. I have all these to-go items in a large ziplock bag. Again, it really is all about being organized.
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