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We have done our fair share of road trips with Olivia in tow and a few with both kids in tow for 3+ hours. It can be TOUGH, especially if you don’t time it right. I wanted to create a list of tips for you to browse when you are planning your next road trip with the little ones! These will hopefully keep you sane and maybe even allow you and your significant other to enjoy the ride! 🙂
Tips for surviving a road trip with kids
1.) Make sure you have snacks // Snacks have always stood between a complete meltdown temper tantrum in the car and a peaceful car ride. YOU SHOULD HAVE LOTS OF THEM. If they get you from point A to point B pleasantly, you will be forever grateful. When it comes to snacks, I try to keep them as healthy as possible and I was surprised to find out that CVS has so many great options. Especially for kids! Our favorite picks include: Superfruit Baobab Bites (Olivia’s favorite), Rice Pop Clusters, Strawberry Freeze Dried Fruit, Fuji Apple Freeze Dried Fruit, Banana Crisps & Dried Coconut! A lot of these snacks are from the CVS Gold Emblem Abound line. A line of wholesome snacks for you and your family! The rest of them are from the Gold Emblem line!
2.) Bring along NEW toys (or at least ones that have been in the back closet for awhile) // Kids love things that are NEW to them. So if you have some toys in the basement that haven’t seen the light of day for months – bring them along… or even make a trip to the dollar store! Hand them a new toy every so often to keep them entertained.
3.) Bring a Bucket or bag AND a towel// Just in case of puke. Thank me later.
4.) Music! // Okay, I know, I know. You don’t want to listen to that crap for more than 5 seconds. So here is what you do, put the CD on and then transfer the music to the speakers in the back only. You can even play your own itunes from the front of the car with your phone or something! 😉 Here is Olivia’s favorite singing CD!
5.) Bring some books along // Olivia loves to read books in the car. Thank goodness she is not one to get car sick! We have a few smaller books that we always stash away for the ride!
6.) Make one stop every hour // This helps the kids resist restlessness. Stop at a truck stop and let them run around for a few minutes while you stretch your legs. To make it fun you can do “ring around the rosy” or other silly kids games….
7.) Try to plan it so that your baby is due for a nap at the time of take off // This will greatly reduce your stress. If your baby naps for the first two hours of the trip, you are golden!
8.) Bring a few chew toys & this mobile for baby // Babies don’t require a whole lot with travel but a few chew toys and this mobile that attached to the seat are my favorite things to have along for the ride!
9.) Have an essentials bag // Store it right up front by your feet so that everything you need is accessible in a jiffy. Things that I pack in that essentials bag? Diapers, Wipes, Snacks, Water, hand sanitizer, empty plastic bags (these come in handy for a lot of things), your child’s favorite stuffed animal/blankets, sunglasses (for myself), & wallet
I also wanted to touch a little bit on the CVS ExtraCare Rewards Program. I cannot tell you have much money I have gottel back with ExtraCare Rewards. I will spend about $40 and sometimes get a $5 reward back. Not to mention tons of other coupons as well! You can also earn money just by filling your prescriptions there. This is a no-brainer since you would be filling them anyways! To read more about how it works, you can her over here!
Do you have any other tips for road tripping with children? Let’s hear them!
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