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Road Trip Survival Tips

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. Winking smile

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. Winking smile

So, I thought I would share with you my road trip must-haves!

For the car:
Good travel buddies
Paper towels
Baby wipes – even if you don’t have a baby – good for wiping hands!
Good playlist
Phone with map app and backup map just in case!

Trail mix –>  Target has the BEST selection! Or you can make your own. Smile
Fruit – apples, clementines, bananas, grapes
Teddy grahams
Gummy bears
LUNA bars/granola bars

For lunches:

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)
Turkey/ham/roast beef
Miracle whip/mayo/mustard

For the baby:
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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.

For the dog:
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water dish
puppy treats
tennis ball –> perfect for running off some puppy energy at rest stops while Luke played on the slide and burned off baby energy.

Have you been on any road trips? Anything you would add to my list??


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Road trip–2013–Jackson–last days and back to MN


Watching the kids went really well. . . surprise plates and ice cream!


On our last day, we went hiking at Cache Creek. It was beautiful, perfect weather. Abby was able to be off leash the whole time. Luke got a nap. And we hiked 4 miles total.


And Peggy and Brian introduced us to Thai food. . . yellow curry and pad thai –> awesome!


Luke enjoyed bath time with Finn every night. . .


And our road trip back to MN was thankfully uneventful. . .


Abby continued to pretend that she was not sleeping. .  IMG_3723IMG_3724IMG_3725IMG_3726

We stopped at the 1st rest stop ever constructed in WY in 1966. (Scott requested that I share that tidbit of information with you. Winking smile) And Luke swung in his first swing. . .


And went down his first slide. . .


Abby didn’t want to be left out either. . .


Final Starbucks stop of the trip . .. .  unfortunately, 10 miles down the road, I realized that it was horribly burnt and not even drinkable. . . #fail IMG_3774IMG_3775

Luke did really well in the car on the way home. 10 hours on the first day and 9 hours on the second day. . . the last hour of the second day was not fun, but we survived.


car snacks helped.. . Smile 


Overall it was a really nice road trip! Thanks again to Peggy and Brian for meeting us in WY and making the trip worth it. Smile Nice to be back home. . . although the amount of laundry to be done is a little ridiculous! Hope you are having a great weekend.


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Road Trip–2013–Jackson!

We’re here!


We arrived yesterday afternoon after another 5 1/2 hours in the car.

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Luke was very helpful getting ready to leave the hotel.


Car trip survival items. . . Scott and I are both sick with colds right now. .. it is no fun to not be able to breathe out of your nose –> and what is with getting sick on vacation??? 1st Marco Island and now this trip too? Boo!

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And Abby had her 1st Starbucks too – a “puppy cup” – basically a small cup filled with whipped cream.  .. she loved it. Winking smile 


Thankfully, we had another sleeping baby and a puppy who just pretended not to sleep. (old photo from before she had to share the backseat with Luke!)


And my view from the backseat while trying to entertain Luke during the last hour of our trip. . .

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We met up with Peggy, Brian and the kids.


I got my run in! Nice workout room – but only 1 treadmill. And seriously, running in the mountains is no joke. I did 5 miles but it felt like 15!


Pizza for dinner. . .


And some walking around – not too much though because it is freezing here!


10 degrees. Colder than home –> what was I thinking planning this trip to a place that is colder than home??? Brian has already said that next year we are going to the beach! Smile Sounds good to me Brian!!!

Breakfast this morning. . . with a Starbucks coffee run!


And then a long search for internet. The website for the place that we are staying promised Wi-Fi, but it is not a good connection (i.e. non-existent!). So, Peggy and I went to a coffee/bagel place. . . only to find out their internet wasn’t good either.


Finally, we ended up at the Jackson Public Library! Hopefully, I will be able to get back here a few times this week to update you on our adventures! Hope you are having a great Monday. Smile


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Road Trip 2013–Day 2

Today we traveled from Rapid City, South Dakota to Casper, WY.

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About a 5 hour drive with a stop at Mount Rushmore.

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Just a little different than our last time here. . .

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Overall, another good day in the car. Luke slept most of the way from Mount Rushmore to Casper and we were able to make that 4 1/2 hour trip in one shot.

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Some yummy car snacks. . .


The only downside to our day was when we got to Casper. I had it in mind all day long to go for a nice hour long run when we got into town. I had planned to do some treadmill miles and catch up on some Netflix Instant play watching – currently loving Heart of Dixie! – but the “workout center” only had one horrible treadmill. It was old, clunky, and the belt didn’t move smoothly. No go. I tried the elliptical, but again, not a good machine. So, I tried not to be deterred, leashed up Abby for a run outside. Although, it ended up being colder than I thought and I didn’t have any hat or mittens, so, I knew we weren’t going to make it very far with a chilly wind and 27 degree weather. But, Abby wasn’t interested in any of it and refused to go any farther than 0.25 miles down the road. So, we walked around the hotel for about a mile and I called it quits! Looking forward to a good long run tomorrow when we reach our final destination in Jackson, WY. . .

After a long, hot shower. . . we hit up Famous Dave’s for dinner – one of Scott’s favorites.


And then back to the hotel for bed. Traveling is hard work! I think Abby would really like it if we had a king bed at home. . . more than enough room for me, Scott and still room for her to hog the middle of the bed. . .

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5 1/2 hour drive to Jackson tomorrow, where we will meet up with some friends to hang out with for a few days! Smile


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Monday again! I think this one is especially hard because we are all still trying to recover from day light savings time.

Breakfast was a large caramel skim latte and a fiber one bar. . . just like this one last week.

The nice thing about having this blog is I can keep tabs on how I have been eating, exercising, and taking care of my body. A quick review of the past week shows me that I haven’t been eating very well! Part of that is life (like Scott’s surprise birthday party) and other parts are my own choices (panda express and cane’s chicken fingers).

Anyway, I know I can do better! This is kind of a hard week because on Wednesday we are leaving for a week-long road trip to Colorado!

As you know, road trips are not always the best for eating healthy. . .

But I have a plan:

We are going to the grocery store to stock up on fresh fruit, yogurt, and sandwich fixings for the car, as well as, healthier snacks (i.e. trail mix, granola bars).

Also, my goal for this week is to have 5 servings of fruits/veggies per day. I think that will really help to make sure that I get back on track with eating healthier. I know that I will feel so much better when I do!

How do you get back on track?

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