While you’re reading this, we will be well into our road trip. My brother is getting married, so we are piling into the Yukon, and road tripping!
Since our check-in time is super late in the day, the leaving after dinner and driving through the night plan is out. We would end up displaced and homeless for a few hours. And after bring in the car for that long, all we will want to do is lounge when we get there. We are waking up and leaving before the sun is up, and driving all day. David had this super cute idea to buy Peyton a map. He went ahead and highlighted our route and tabbed some exciting landmarks we would be driving past. She is going to have so much fun with it!
I am so excited to have this luxury car seat organizer for the trip. It has a ton of pockets for everything the girls could possibly need (hopefully).
And how about some oldies but goodies. Who remembers Brain Quest? Since Peyton will be missing a few days of school, we will be keeping her on her toes! Also, since she is missing school, we are going to have her write three sentences each day we are gone, about what we did, and she’s going to take it in to school with her next week! Watching her sound out words is my favorite thing right now.
When we were at my parents’ house last weekend, the girls found an old Etch a Sketch, and were obsessed. It turns out you can buy a two pack on Amazon! Bonus!
I polled a bunch of you on Instagram about some great travel tips for all the seasoned travelers, and here are some of my favorites:
“A small cookie sheet and magnets!” Emily, NM
“Car bingo for sure! Surprise bags: a new bag every hour with dollar spot stuff and snacks. And make sure to bring extra blankets and car pillows!” Allison, WI
“Our go-to travel hacks include hitting up Dollar General/Dollar Bins, etc. 1. A snack basket; usually with treats we don’t always have at home, so it’s exciting. 2. I wrap cheap new toys/activities/etc in wrapping papers, so that we have a new one each hour on the trip. This keeps it exciting and unwrapping keeps them distracted for a bit as well. 3. Favorite “busy” box is to buy a cheap pencil pouch, cute notebook, funky pens, and stickers and pack it full of goodies. Super cheap and reusable.” Page, IA
“iPad. iPad. iPhone. DVD. Snacks. Suckers. ABC Game. Singing. iPad. iPad. DVD. More snacks.” Ashely, MI
Using this advice, we have a small rubbermaid packed with all kinds of snacks. We will also have a cooler filled with go-gurt, cheese sticks, and fresh fruits/veggies.
I have also made peace with the amount of screen time the girls will be having, despite all the art stuff I am bringing, we are going to make sure we have all kinds of chargers. Peyton also received the Get Qurious Explorer Box. We downloaded the app, and cut out the masks, and she is so ready to get into this interactive app!
I am also taking the wrapping little gifts advice. But, since we are looking at 14 hours in the car there AND THEN AGAIN on the way back, we might just save them for when the kids start to lose their shit 😉
I don’t know about you, but this looks like a pretty sweet set-up to me!
Wish us luck, guys!