I love road trips. (**as an adult. . . sharing the backseat of a minivan with my 2 sisters and a dog and road tripping to North Carolina from Minnesota. . . well that’s another story. . .)
We went on one back in 2011 to Colorado to visit Peggy and Brian and the girls. It was one of the best vacations that we have had.
Scott and I both like to ride in the car as well as drive, so it works out to split the driving between us and the other person is responsible for finding good music and coming up with conversation topics and sometimes dumb games.
And then, this spring we drove out to WY to meet up with Peggy and Brian and family (+Finn this time!). And this time we had a full car with Luke (11 months old at the time) and Abby (8 years old!).
And we had just as much fun this time as last time. I am really looking forward to making road trips a yearly family vacation for us! Next year, we are already planning another trip out to Colorado to visit again!
But, as you can imagine, preparing for a road trip, takes time and advanced thinking! Planning is everything when you are stuck in the car for 8+ hours per day. Especially when you have a baby and dog in the backseat.
So, I thought I would share with you my road trip must-haves!
For the car:
Good travel buddies
Baby wipes – even if you don’t have a baby – good for wiping hands!
Phone with map app and backup map just in case!
We usually pack a cooler full of stuff for sandwiches so we don’t have to 1. stop for lunch and 2. pay for lunch (disclaimer – we stopped for lunch with the baby and dog, but on our 1st road trip, we would just keep driving)
For the baby:
Snacks for baby – i.e. things that don’t make too much of a mess and can be eaten easily. We loved string cheese, teddy grahams, and fruit pouches.
Favorite toys –> anything to keep him entertained
iPad –> we used Netflix Instant play to stream a few toddler shows (Veggie Tales mostly) when he got really annoyed with being in the car seat. It bought us a few minutes of quiet. . .
Extra extra baby wipes – for everything – hands, mouth, butt, nose, etc.
Have you been on any road trips? Anything you would add to my list??