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The Holidays. They can bring excitement as well as dread. I love the excitement of Christmas; holiday decorating, sharing traditions with family, and exchanging gifts. But with it comes the challenge of long road trips to see extended family. Both sides of our family live at least 6 hours away, which can be a long ride with a teen and a toddler in the back seat.
Surviving a long holiday road trip definitely requires the 3 P's: Patience, Prayer, and Preparation.
I've come up with a few tips to hopefully make your holiday road trip a little smoother.
First: Make a List. It's important to write down all the things you're thinking of before you forget them. (and keep your list on the fridge so you don't lose it).
My Must Haves:
Snacks & Drinks (Mountain Dew for Mom & Dad)
Candy or Gum (Mom & Dad)
Comfort Items (Toddler)
iPod, charger, Nintendo DS, games & charger (Teen)
Boo Boo Kit
Books (Toddler & Teen)
Baby Wipes, Hand Sanitizer (Bathroom stops)
Diaper Bag (Toddler)
Extra Changes of Clothes
Any gifts you're hauling with you
Second: Pack items the night before and leave them by the door. There's nothing worse than rushing around in the morning. I've learned if I want to leave on time, get it all packed and ready to go the night before. Then it's just grab and throw it in the car.
Third: Plan Rest Breaks during the trip. My toddler needs to move a lot and hates being strapped into a car seat for too long. So we plan little rest breaks every couple of hours. We'll stop to get out, stretch our legs, and use a restroom if we need to.
Fourth: Music Soothes the Savage Beast. Plug in your iPod and crank up some fun holiday tunes to lighten the mood. Sing along together. It can sometimes help calm down angry toddlers and grumpy teens.
What are your holiday road trip tips? I'd love to hear how you survive them!
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