Road Trip Survival

9:17 AM

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My kids and I are getting ready to embark on yet another road trip.

Though we've done over 200 hours of driving in the last year, I always try to make sure that we're as prepared as possible. We've encountered snowstorms, tornadoes, and even ridiculous amounts of hail.

Prepping helps.

It helps a lot.

Before I head out on the road, there are a few things that I always make sure to pack.

Each child has their own backpack. Inside we put:


  • Dried fruit - this lasts for ages and is a quick, easy, and healthy snack. The brand I like is linked, but you can sometimes find smaller bags at Wal-Mart or even Trader Joe's.
  • Water bottle - You can use disposable ones if you like. Just make sure you have a way to keep your kids hydrated.
  • Warm socks - You can't beat wool socks for keeping warm, especially if you break down unexpectedly.
  • Emergency cash - Just in case, each kid has emergency cash in their bag.
  • Medications - If you have a little one who has asthma, for example, always make sure they have an extra inhaler.
  • In addition to the emergency snacks and food, my kids each have a miniature first aid kit, toothbrush, toothpaste, and battery-operated fan. We also pack a small blanket for each child.

    One of the biggest fears I think a lot of moms have when traveling alone is breaking down at the side of the road.

    I'll admit that this idea terrifies me.

    I'm not worried about getting murdered, though.

    I'm worried about dealing with bored, hungry, and scared kids in the middle of nowhere.

    Make sure that you pack more entertainment than you think you'll need.

    Seriously.

    Lego bricks, movies, DS games, whatever. Pack whatever it takes to keep your kids busy. Even if you manage to make it safely to your hotel, a lot of kids grow restless and bored when they're cooped up in a small space. Packing a small new toy or favorite game can go a long way in saving your sanity.

    In the same way, you should always pack extra diapers, extra food, and extra water. Think one of your kids might throw up? Pack a bucket. Pack a training potty. Pack towels.

    Tip: to save trunk space, place water bottles at your child's feet and cover them with a blanket or towel. This will give you easy access to both water and towels should your child become ill.

    "Packing light" isn't something that's going to happen when you're a prepper, but that's okay.

    What about you? What are your road trip survival tips?

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