How to survive a road trip with your kids

Last week our family of 5 loaded up in a borrowed SUV and started an 18 hour drive to Florida. There were 5 essentials that made this trip possible.

1. An SUV with three rows of seats. This meant that the kids had lots of room to stretch out in their car seats, more importantly they couldn’t all touch each other like they do in our car.

2. DVD players in the headrests of the seats. This was beyond fantastic.Before the trip we packed up a few kid DVD’s and had them ready to go as soon as we backed out of the garage. The best part about the DVD players was they came with wireless headphones! Which meant the grown ups didn’t have to listen to hour after hour of Elmo and Disney princess movies.

3. A Roof Rack. Not only did we have this gigantic SUV, but we also had a roof rack on top of it to keep all our luggage. This gave us room to store our most essential items in the car, like toys and snacks.

4. Toys. We loaded up the car with dolls, magnet boards puzzles, trucks and coloring books with crayons. The car toys our kids liked best were the Crayola color magic markers. If you haven’t seen these markers, they are great. The markers will only work if they are used on the special paper that comes with them. So, if your three year old son “accidentally” colors on the leather seats, no one will ever know.

5. Snacks. Not just a couple of snacks, but a cooler full of snacks. We loaded up a cooler with fruit leathers, Chex Mix, Goldfish crackers, small bags of chips, granola bars and other snacks.

If you plan on doing any road trippin’ with your kids, hopefully this will help you out a bit.

Happy Travels!

-Pete

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