Check out these road trip essentials for the next time you are about to hit the road…
Our family road trips…A LOT. We have driven to Utah (a 10 hour drive each way) twice in the last two months and will be going twice more in the next month. We leave at 6 am after everyone has grabbed breakfast, stop in Boise for lunch at about 11, and arrive in Utah at dinnertime.
This is just what we do, all the time!
My 4 kids are professional travelers by now, and with the youngest being nearly 7, we don’t have the ‘are we there yet’s?’, most of the time they can hold their bladders until our one stop in the middle, and we don’t have to have snacks in the car to keep them quiet. They all can play independently on their screens, and honestly I have a hard time getting them to talk at all.
Are you at this point in your road tripping life? You don’t need the road trip hacks, like dollar store containers for their fast food, or reward systems for good behavior, or the soundtrack to the most recent Disney movie. All of a sudden you have all of this quiet time, and you may have forgotten that a road trip can actually be…wait for it…enjoyable!
3 Road Trip Essentials for Moms to Relax
1- Travel Pillow– If you are the passenger, you might actually be able to take a nap! How glorious is that? You’ll want to be comfortable so be sure to see these travel pillows compared and grab a good one before you go. Your head will thank you for not banging it against the window or bobbing it against your chest.
2- Podcasts– Whether you are the driver or the passenger, having podcasts downloaded (so that you can listen to them even if you don’t have service) is such a relaxing and enjoyable way to pass the miles. You can find a podcast for any subject. Listen to them over your Bluetooth, or pop in some noise cancelling headphones (passenger only) just in case your kids do start getting whiny, or if the podcasts are not suitable for younger ears.
3- Plenty of Water– Nothing can ruin a road trip faster than dehydration. You’ll get a headache, your feet will swell (also be sure to wear comfortable shoes) and you’ll just be plain cranky. And we all know when mama’s not happy…bring a flask style bottle that will keep your water cold no matter the weather and maybe a backup just in case you have hours between stops.
What would you add to this list?