Before: Hubby and I pack our two suitcases (+ one bag full of books) into our tiny, two-door Honda Civic and take off.
Now: Make a page-long, detailed packing list. This becomes your brain, because for the life of you you can't remember what to pack because there are too many interruptions during the packing process. Pack the stroller. Pack the Pack'N'Play. Pack snacks (you do not go anywhere without snacks!!!). Pack lots of changes of clothes, because body fluids happen. Pack it all into your mini-van (what, what!?). After everyone's loaded into the van, look back and marvel at what's been accomplished...and take a nap on the road! Oh, and make lots of stops for breastfeeding...and letting the toddler run around.
|Back-of-the-van picnic lunch|
Honestly, the best part of the roadtrip was...the drive!! The boys did so well, and Andrew and I had hours of time to talk, think, read, listen to podcasts together. Precious time.
We stayed in a hotel for the 1st time as a family, which brought back all sorts of fun memories of family times growing up. Often, my parents would not have a ton of money for planning an extravagant vacation, so they would take us on "mini-vacations." On the spur of the moment, we would pack up (there were 8 of us!), drive to a town a couple of hours away, stay in a hotel, and enjoy time swimming in the pool, eating packed lunches, and having dinner out. As kids, we thought it was the greatest thing ever!
|Brothers playing on the bed|
|It was Edmund's 1st time swimming!|
Do you take roadtrips as a family often? What are your best tips for helping it go smoothly?
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