Road Trips

6:39 AM

We are road trip people, long-distance driving champs.  We've driven from Dallas to California (24 hours straight), Utah to Kansas (16 hours) and I can't even count the number of times I've driven from Dallas to Kansas City by myself with the kids (8-10 hours depending on how needy they are being).   Driving long distance is definitely not my first choice of activities, but it's worth the effort to get to the destination.  Our kids have done it enough that they are actually getting pretty good at it!

My tips for a successful road trip:

1) Audio books.  My absolute favorite.  They almost make me WANT to go on a road trip.  I get so into the book I don't realize I've been driving for 6 hours.

2) Pit stops.  The kids have to get out to stretch their legs, go potty, and get some nourishment--or ice cream, and let's be honest, I need to do all those things too.

3) Movies.   We have a DVD player built into our car.  Before we got the van we had a portable DVD player.  DVD's are a MUST on road trips. 

4) Energy drinks.  I'm not a huge energy drink person, but for road trips it's a necessity.  This weekend we drove to Kansas City from Dallas.  We left at 7 p.m. and arrived at 3 a.m.  You bet around midnight we started downing the Monsters!!

5) Snacks.  I love having chewy candy, mostly gum drops, to munch on.  My husband's go-tos are smart food and sunflower seeds!

6) Puke bowl.  Sounds gross, I know, but my kids just tend to throw-up in the car.  I don't know why.  I don't even think they are car sick.  I just think we have good luck like that.  On our last trip Jaxon thew up about an hour into the trip.  Thankfully I made it from the passenger seat to the back seat in 2 seconds flat and about 90% of the nastiness ended up in the bowl!

What are your road trip must-haves?

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  1. I swear I was the only one who knew the beauty of Smartfood. I would rather eat that stuff than most foods. I agree that audiobooks are a must have. I also make a new playlist on my iPod every time.

  2. hahaha! love the puke bowl tip!

    I must have some munchies, or at least some cash to buy munchies at the gas station! I love picking out those different snacks & candy that I wouldn't buy on a regular basis!

  3. puke bowl?
    i feel sad for you. car sickness is the worst. Your poor kids.
    must have: snacks (salty&sweet, particularly jerky for husband), cooler (filled with water&frozen grapes), music (Ipod&radio), audiobook (if possible).
    I'm heading down to utah later this month to help my parents move, so I'm already starting to plan out what I should bring! :)

  4. Snacks and DVDs are a definite must have!!

  5. When i was a child, my dad used to put in a Conway Twitty cassette and we all went right to sleep. Now I understand why having my own child. I gotta find one of those now.

  6. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog!
    We just moved from Missouri to California, and our puggle isn't allowed to fly (who knew...short-nosed dogs can't go on airplanes, apparently?!) so we'll be driving back to Missouri at least once per year. We've made the trip there and back twice thus far, and I'm slooowly getting used to it. Late night coffee is a must to get me through.
    I love that you travel with a puke bowl haha. Good to know, for when we eventually travel with kids! :P

    Left brain, right brain, pug brain.

  7. Wow, you really are road-tripping champs! Kudos to you! Great tips for traveling too, you do what you gotta do to stay sane :) Thanks so much for commenting on my blog, so glad to find yours! xoxo

  8. Road trips are super fun... with the right ingredients! Sounds like you guys did well :)
    My husband LOVES audiobooks. He taught me to like them. I read fast, so sometimes I get
    bored with how slow it is. :)

  9. there is nothing better than white cheddar popcorn on a road trip. in fact, i have some in my cupboard right now and might go get some.
    also, i don't have my button on my blog but if you still want to grab it, send me an email and i'll send it to you! :)

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog, yours is so cute too. We always travel with lots of snacks and books!

  11. Audio books are so great, I like clean comedy on Pandora as well. It's also a great time to read long books to the children when my husband is driving. I would love the pick me up from energy drinks but I absolutely can't stand the taste and am kinda afraid of them.

  12. We definitely look at movies on road trips and use books on CD. Although my husband gets all of these great classics from Story Nori-ever hear of it? It's awesome.

    We haven't done a road trip in a while. But my kids have gone snowboarding once a week for the past five weeks and they love this time to be in the car with dad to have "treats" and listen to stories and watch movies. Fun times.

    You have a cute blog, thanks for reading. Take care,


  13. treavelling is so cool - we really love - even by car!

    x the cookies

  14. I download audio books too... after awhile music just gets on my nerves.
    And Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn used to be my FAVORITE!!! I completely forget about it. Going to make sure to stock up on it next time I go back to the States :)