It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are here and it’s time to go:
“Over the river and through the woods, To grandmother's house we go”
Get ready for holiday cheer and tips that will make your holiday family road trip fun again! In the past, the planning and packing before any big family road trip used to really stress me out. There was SO much to do and it seemed like there was never enough time. But over the years, I’ve learned to mellow just a little, create a packing list, and have found things that REALLY save my sanity and make family road trips fun again.
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Make Your Holiday Family Road Trip Fun Again
Kids of all ages get bored, even infants. A little entertainment can keep your little one occupied and fuss-free in the car. Pack a few things for the kids to keep them entertained in the car. Here are a few ideas: small toys, games, color pencils and coloring books, audio books, and family comedy channel on Pandora.
Plan for frequent breaks
As tempting as driving straight through is, DON’T! You may get there sooner, but no one and I mean NO ONE will arrive in a joyful holiday spirit. Plan to make brief 10-20 minute stops along the way. Grab a travel snack, change diapers and take bathroom breaks, get gas, and give everyone the chance to stretch their legs.
Pack a Frisbee or ball too, so you can toss it around and get the blood flowing again. These small breaks will refresh everyone and give them something to look forward to.
Pack by destination
If you have more than one destination, pack the items you need for each destination in the same bag. Pull out the appropriate bag for each stop and avoid having to pull EVERYTHING out at each stop.
Travel while the kids sleep
Plan your trip around nap times or hit the road when you know your kids will be ready for a longer sleep. Sometimes a quiet car is a happy car.
Avoid holiday traffic
Leaving late at night or early in the morning is also a great way to avoid holiday traffic.
Wear comfortable clothes
Think ahead and plan to wear an outfit that is comfortable for a long car ride and can be worn all day for every activity. When traveling with kids, remember to pack an extra shirt, just in case. Better safe than sorry.
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What I’m Wearing:
Kara Jean in Picante Dots – prAna’s best selling fitted jean for good reason. Made with 79% organic cotton, 19% polyester, and 2% spandex. This denim jean is super soft with a little stretch in all the right places. These jeans are great for travel, a hike, or a night on the town.
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Holiday travel can be stressful with so many people on the road. I think the biggest thing to remember on any family road trip is to enjoy the journey. You will eventually get to your destination. Before you get there, enjoy your time together, take things in stride, and be prepared for any adventure that comes your way.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary products from prAna for this article. All opinions are my own.