Trying to get a family ready for a vacation can be grueling. This year my family decided that we would travel to see my Grandmother and Mom for Thanksgiving which is at least a nine hour car ride. This means traveling with six of us in one car and the kids are age 6, 3, and 19 month old twins. So many things come to mind when I think of what is need for the trip.
Here are a few recommendations that may help!
Getting organized is my first line of defense. Sit down and figure out what you need to take. I usually create four list; Clothing, Toiletries, Miscellaneous Things and Kid Stuff. Creating lists helps so you will not forget anything. I often make my list a week or two before my trips. This gives me the opportunity to add additional items or make a trip to the store if I needed before we leave.
Packing your luggage:
When you have a family of 6 you do not have a lot of extra space in the car. So remember when you are packing to fold or roll your items. Plan outfits that you can wear your shoes more than once with; shoes take up a lot of space. Pack you sock inside of your shoes to utilize wasted space. Take only clothes that are necessary. Having one extra outfit should be fine. When packing toiletries purchase smaller bottles or transfer some from your home bottles into smaller bottles. If you are traveling to a colder area pack a neutral coat that will go with multiple outfits, same with gloves and scarfs.
Packing the car:
Another challenge!!! Get ready to put your jig saw puzzle skills to practice! This is one of my favorite parts I like to think that I am good at this. The first thing I do is try to pack our clothing in luggage of the same size, it helps when stacking. Try to pack as much as possible in luggage or boxes. Having bags makes it hard to stack. Pillows and blanks I usually place next to the girls so that they can use them if they get sleepy on the long ride.
Keeping the Kiddos happy:
Movies… We are lucky enough to have a DVD player in the car so we pack several of the kids favorite movie and we get hours of fun. Pack some popcorn and a few little bowls and the kids will feel like they are at a movie theater.
Snacks…you don’t always want to stop when the kid get antsy or hungry. Having a little something for them to snack on will help. You might have to break the rule of no eating in the car when you take a long road trip.
I have trays in the car for my oldest girls so that they can color, do puzzles, write or read books on. I purchased these trays at Michael Craft Store for only $6.00 and don’t forget to use your coupon for added discounts. For the little ones bring lap toys for them to play with too.
Pull over and let the kiddos run around for a while. We found that even if you just take 15 to 20 minutes they become happy riders!
Hopefully, this gives you a few tips to help you get ready for your next trip. Happy traveling from my family to yours!