DVD’s or iPads save me every freaking time. The kids are so darn spoiled that they argue about what to watch. WTF. I can’t even believe it sometimes. I keep trying to tell them that “When I was younger..” (and really age myself) we had to just sit there and take a nap or talk to our siblings or parents. I get the gnarliest eye roll in return. So with that being said, something to watch that is somewhat mutually agreeable would be beyond beneficial as long as media is an option. If it’s not– figure it out; because it’s crucial.
Snacks. Those too are crucial. Nothing messy or sticky. I would pre packaged snacks. Think.. Grapes, string cheese, salami, goldfish, GoGoSqueeze’s, cereal, bubble gum if your kids can handle that. I love giving my kids gum on long car rides as it satisfies their need for a little sweet treat and it keeps their mouths busy.. Less talking. LOL. If your kiddo isn’t quite ready for that, vitamin C lollipops are a great one too. I find that the last hour of the trip is brutal. You’ve heard “are we there yet” a MILLION times and a little sucker or gum should get you through.
If your kiddo is at the diaper stage. Do everyone a favor and load that baby up with diaper rash cream. It is truly the WORST finally getting everyone settled right after lunch and your coming up on nap time and you hear the biggest fart. Like is it poop or isn’t it? Do you pull over and ruin the whole vibe in the car.. Do you let your kid sit in it? Is the next exit 35 miles away.. Just lube up the bum. To keep on this whole potty talk– the porta potty is amazeballs, and it’s a must. Not just for road trips but in life. Line it up with a gallon ziploc and you’ve got yourself a toilet. Get yours here, you won’t regret it.
If you’re a good Mom like my mom was, and how I am not, you can hit up the dollar section at target and buy a shit ton of presents/ snacks/ treats and let each of your kids open something every hour. I still can’t believe that she did this. When I drive my kids to wherever, i’m lucky if i’ve packed enough underwear and a jacket and the appropriate shoes. More often than not, i’m lacking in some department. Circling back– My mom would do M&M’s, little toys, a new DVD, raisinettes, whatever.. It was amazing as a kid. As a parent– sheesh, not only needing to go to target to buy extra stuff, but wrapping it and putting names on it seems like A LOT. Good job Mom.