Saturday, April 14, 2018

A Mom's Guide To A Peaceful Road Trip #RoadTrip


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As a family of 5 it is just too expensive for us to fly to Disney. Instead we drive 12 hours every year to Orlando. Over the past few years I have gotten pretty creative to create a peaceful road trip with my 3 children, all of whom are under 10 years old.


First of all, I start preparing for the road trip months in advance. I know this may sound silly to some, but it takes a lot of time to not only pack for a vacation but to plan and prepare for the journey. I always purchase lots of snacks that I know my children love. Tip: avoid sticky food! My kids favorite road trip snacks include:


  • Goldfish
  • Cheezeitz
  • Ritz Bits
  • String Cheese
  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Apple slices
  • Blueberries
  • Granola bars
  • Teddy grahams
  • Cereal bars
  • Dry cereal
I usually pack one big grocery bag full of the snacks that don't need to be kept in a cooler. Then the night before our road trip I will wash, cut and individually bag the fruits. This way I can pass them out to each child in their own bag. These items are kept in a small cooler in the middle isle so that the kids can open the cooler and access them. Mom tip: avoid continuously turning around in the car and passing out items to your kids, your neck will be sore before you know it!

I love travel lap desks! They serve multiple purposes during a road trip! You can eat a snack on them and color on them. Plus when you get to your hotel you can bring them in and your child can use them in the hotel room. Here is a cute one I found on Amazon
Kids Travel Tray - Car Seat Lap Tray for Children & Toddlers - Perfect Activity Snack & Play Tray for Short Road Trips or Long Journeys - Pink
*Photo credit Amazon*

Besides food, I always try to surprise my kids with a few activities to keep them occupied in the car. I have found some really fun travel size games at Walmart and on Amazon. Chickfila has even given out fun travel size games in their kids meals in the past. Here are a few idea's for fun activities for children of all ages:

  • coloring books
  • travel size board games
  • Play Doh
  • Hot Wheels
  • Disney princess activity books
  • Hidden picture books
  • Sticker books
Another great tip is purchase some new DVD's that your children have never seen before. This will keep them occupied for several hours during the road trip. If you don't want to spend the money, ask your friends if you can borrow some of their DVD's.

Don't forget to pack a nice comfy travel blanket for your child. I always bring a small travel trash can for the road trip. Here is a nice car trash can: amazon
*Photo Credit Amazon*

I love car organizers! I highly recommend them for anyone who has more than one child. Here is one of my favorite's on Amazon


Car Seat Organizer for Front or Backseat with Black Stitching Great for Adults & Kids Featuring 8 Storage Compartments for Toys, Magazines, Tissues, Maps, Books, Documents, Games & More
*Photo credit Amazon*

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