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The holidays are fast approaching! For our family this means it’s road trip time! Some families bake cookies, all wear matching pajamas, and play special games… Ours makes a tradition out of road trips! With a large family scattered out across the state of Texas we will cover AT LEAST 1,482 miles on the road this holiday season. In fact, just this weekend we traveled to see family over 237 miles away with 2 children, 2 and under. We may be crazy, but we love adventure and our families!
Here are some of my best kept secrets to surviving a road trip with small children:
1. Pack a Cooler
This is pretty obvious, but often we forgot to pack a cooler until the last minute. You can save a serious amount of time,money and tears if you have food already prepared in the car. Save yourself a trip to the gas station checkout line with the 10 cent water you bought at COSTCO. Don’t forget that the cooler isn’t ONLY for the kids either. Packing your snacks will help eliminate unnecessary stops and allow more time for the stops that the kids mandate.
2. Lighten the Load
Whether you are going to a family members house or a hotel be sure to call ahead and check to see what they already have for you to use. Lighten the load and create more space in your car by leaving duplicated items at home. You really don’t need ALL of the baby gear. Most would say to over pack with baby, and I say less is more! Try to multipurpose things and use the washing machine too!
3. Plan your stops
To be honest this is hard to do because you don’t know when baby is going to scream, or the toddler will have a blowout. BUT you can help prevent stressful situations if you have an idea of where you would like to stop. This will become easier as you travel the same routes.
4. Diaper changing station
This is genius! Create a diaper changing station in the back of your car. A small space where baby has room to lay, stretch out and get all cleaned up. No more walking into those nasty gas station bathrooms and laying your baby on a changing table that hasn’t been cleaned in months. Have diapers, wipes, Dr. Smith’s new spray in their own separate bag for easy access when it’s diaper changing time. Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash spray is perfect for the rashes that form from sitting in a wet diaper too long during a road trip. It’s quick and easy to apply and creates way less mess for mom. It’s been my go to diaper rash cream, and it usually clears the rash in 24 hours!
5. Drop your hurry
Help relieve some stress and slow down a little. You don’t always have to be in a hurry when you’re on the road. Ask yourself why you are stressing out. Try to leave early to allow for a long stop at a museum, park or attraction on the way. This allows you to create memories with the little ones during the trip not just upon arriving to your final destination. Even if you can’t leave early to allow for unforeseen delays or bigger stops along the way cut yourself some slack!! Traveling with small children is no easy feat!
Do you have any tips for road tripping with small children?
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