That is a lot of miles. And when you have a toddler in the backseat, that is a lot of miles. We wanted to try and figure out the best way to make the drive and still be able to keep our sanity. We did half of the trip driving through the night, and half of the trip during the day.
Throw out the way you have packed for any trip involving a plane. For road trips, you need to pack by the day rather than by the person. Instead of packing all the necessities of each person or two for the entire trip, pack each suitcase with everything the entire family will need for each night or stop.
Using this method, you only need to bring one or two suitcases into the hotel each night. You can also more easily pack the car, placing the bags needed later in the trip on the bottom. Keeping Things Organized My biggest challenge and frustration on any road trip is that the car is like a Bermuda triangle for important things like chargers, but a matter replicator for things like trash.
To keep both from happening, I try to have a system for putting things away and keeping things clean. Mini trash bags are a big boon for traveling with kids. I pass one back as we near each gas station and ask them to fill it before getting out to take a pitstop.
The other way to keep clutter at bay is to have a specific place for everything. The kids know that this is the bag to look for when they need something electronic.
They also know that this is the bag where they put electronics. At the end of each day as we are going into the hotel, the plag is filled with appropriate gear so that they can go inside to be charged. Likewise we have a designated place for our first aid kit, movie headphones, and other road trip essentials, so we always know where to look when we need them.
Along that same vein, pack a change of clothes for everyone-including mom-at the top of your suitcase or in a separate bag that is not buried at the bottom of the pile. I like to put a single outfit for each person in a large ziptop bag and stash those all in a bright colored draw string bag that is easy to grab if anyone needs something clean.
It was a giant bucket filled with the entire contents of the nearest Walgreens. As time and sanity tempered my fear of not being prepared, I have found it much more convenient to travel with a compact-but well stocked first aid kit. I broke down and bought the ubiquitous red first aid kit and filled it with the things we need most.
I love this because I can keep it in my car and easily throw it in my purse or backpack where ever we go. The basics of my car first aid kit include:Return to Travel Writing · Print/Mobile-Friendly Version.
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15 Awesome Kids Movies to Take on a Road Trip We have spent hours on the road, driving from Chicago to New York and back again, and Chicago to Texas, and back. The hours can be long, but with the right movies on hand, kids can behave surprisingly well.