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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Best Holiday Traveling Tips






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One of the reasons I recently moved closer to family is so that we don't have to take super long road trips every holiday! I like road trips...but not with two children under 3! 

But over the last three years and driving over 10 hours each road trip to visit family (usually once a month!), I have learned lots of tips to keep my children entertained, snacks to bring and top items I need to bring for each trip!

My first and biggest tip for traveling with small children is the time of day you leave and travel! I learned over the years to leave on a road trip either right before a nap time or bed time or during a meal (or both!). Sleeping and eating times in a car provide for hours of distraction and quietness in the car! We would either leave right before a naptime or at night right before supper and bedtime so that the hours got spent eating and sleeping instead of trying to find things for our children to do!

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We also learned to pack meals for our children so that we wouldn't need to stop. Each road trip consisted of a PB & J sandwich, banana, and carrots for my son and we tried to bring snacks and water bottles we could eat and drink on the road for us too! This eliminates extra stops that aren't needed and only slow down and delay the trip! Plus, you save money on food!

As for the top items we always bring, once again food, but also my children's blankets and stuffed animals for sleeping so they can sleep soundly and there isn't too much adjustment for them. Also, we fill a small backpack with toys, books, and other items for my son to play with! We learned that one of the biggest things that entertained my son for the longest time was ripping up paper and putting it in a play wallet's pocket! He would rip paper and put it in containers for hours and it was free!!! I love that! Coloring and magnets were also a big hit in the car with my son!

I almost feel like a pro in the car on road trips after over 120 hours in the car each year but I sure do enjoy shorter trips these days to visit family! :)

Please share your best road trip tips with everyone!! How do you get through all the holiday traveling with your children? 

What are your holiday car necessities? How do you keep your children entertained on holiday road trips?


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