This summer has been extremely busy filled with family reunions, birthday parties, beach trips, camping and time with the grandparents; for the past 5 weekends, we have been taking road trips with our daughter. The more you do it, the easier it will be, as long as you are prepared. Here are a few tips to make your road trip less stressful:
- Feed your child before you hit the road and try to coordinate leaving with nap time. Do not let them sleep at home while you are packing and then put them in the car; it will be a nightmare because no child will want to sit for 2 hours after just waking up.
- Have a food/drink bag that you can easily reach. Include a few snacks, empty sippy cups, milk thermos (see #3) and pacifiers. Do not put this bag in the trunk, you will need it.
- Bring milk in a thermos, it will stay cold for a few hours and you can pour the milk as needed. You don’t have to run out and buy one, just use what you already have. I have an insulated hot/cold thermos that I pour her milk in. Two weekends ago, my spouse wasn’t with me and she woke up from her nap screaming so I pulled over, poured the milk into an empty sippy, gave it to her and we were back on our way.
- Snacks are your friend, even if you don’t use them, you will feel better knowing that you have them. I’m not comfortable with Baby Girl eating in her car seat but I bring snacks in case we need to stop. Goldfish, animal crackers, and the squeeze yogurt work great. Keep one in your purse, one in the center console of the front seat and the rest in the food/drink bag (#3).
- If your child still uses a pacifier, stash them everywhere in the car! Same rule as the snacks: keep one in your purse, one in the center console of the front seat and keep the rest in the food/drink bag.
- Like every mom car, my car is littered with toys and books. When we returned from the beach I left her sand bucket in the car and put all of her toys in the bucket. It made my car look better and she could grab a toy out of the bucket when she wanted. Another plus is that I didn’t have to spend money on an organizational compartment, again use what you have. If you can, try to switch out the toys, since your child may get bored with them. Last weekend my daughter had no interest in her toys, and was getting very restless so I handed her my magazine. Problem solved, don’t stress, after all you are making family memories. 🙂
Hope you are enjoying your summer and if you have any tips/tricks, please share!