1. Bring Flip Flops or SandalsDo you really want to spend a good 5 to 10 minutes at every stop tying your kids shoes? Because on a road trip, the shoes WILL come off and as many times as you tell them "We are about to make a stop, start putting your shoes on" they will still need some sort of help with tying them. So, make it easy on yourself and bring shoes that are easy to slip on and off!
My daughter is good for this, she will exclaim over and over that she does not have to potty and the MINUTE we leave a gas station or rest step it's "I have to potty!" Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. So, what did I start doing? I told her she has to atleast try to potty at every stop. And, you know what? She ALWAYS had to potty.
It is inevitable, when kids get bored they will fight. So, I made sure I loaded the back seat up with plenty things to do! I would love to say that the entire way to Colorado they were entertained with learning games, flash cards and math facts but then I would be dreaming. The fact is, as much as both my kids love to do these things it just does not keep their attention for very long. Have you ever been hit in the back of the head (while driving) with a flash card because your little boy used it as a Ninja Star to chuck at his sister? I have and those things gain momentum and make a pretty powerful paper cut. Therefore, I also bring things that will entertain my kids for a good amount of time such as their game systems or even DVD player. Don't judge or I will Ninja Star you with a flash card, just kidding (you hope).
4. Pack Plenty of Healthy Foods and Snacks
I am a firm believer in feeding my kids healthy and avoiding fast food at all costs but that does not stop their desire for it whenever they see those golden arches. I have come to find out that this desire is never about the food but always about the play area and Happy Meal toy. Still, it is engrained in their brain and when they see those fast food signs along the highway it is always, "I'm Hungry!" And my reply is always, "Good thing we made those yummy wraps and have some of your favorite fruit in the cooler." And a lot of times, do you know what they asked next? "Yes, I love grapes! .... but .... Mom can we get a toy in Colorado?" Ha, I knew it! Mom: 1, Fast Food: 0
The words "I don't feel good!" coming from my child's mouth on vacation is my worst nightmare! Well, maybe not the worst but it is definitely up there. You couldn't imagine how much money I have had to shell out on emergency rooms and Urgent Care centers because I was out of town and one of my kids had gotten sick. This vacation I was prepared and gave both my kids a Culturelle probiotic. These chewables are a great way to prevent upset stomachs and help support kids natural defenses. And my kids loved the taste as well, they thought it was candy. Ssshhh! Let us not tell them otherwise.
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Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post and received free samples. However, all opinions are my own!